oatmeal orange cookies

Whooo boy...things are even busier around our place (if that was even possible!)  We're in the middle of trying to sell our house and search for a new one to move into - before we meet baby Jellybean in July.  So yeah, a bit crazy.  After an intensive round of housework and our house's photo shoot yesterday I needed some baking therapy.  Yes, I do find baking to be relaxing, even when I'm making a huge mess in my previously spotless kitchen.

Anyhow, the weather outside has been pretty good - I'm starting to feel a bit of spring in the air (ok, just a tiny bit), but it inspired me to make some orange-flavoured cookies.  I was also craving a sort of comfort-food cookie, so I decided to go for oatmeal-orange with toasted pecans.  I couldn't find a recipe  that had what I was looking for, so I adapted my own from several of my cookbooks.  The cookies turned out nicely - they're more on the puffy/cakey side, rather than chewy.  The orange flavour came through nicely and the toasted pecans added a nice nutty flavour and good texture.  The perfect flavour combo for an early March weekend.

Oatmeal Orange Cookies

  • 1 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup minced orange peel
  • 2 cups toasted chopped pecans (or you could substitute raisins or chopped dates)

First cream the butter with the brown sugar.  Add the eggs & milk and mix until well combined.  In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together.  For the orange peel, I think it's best to peel the orange with a vegetable peeler, then mince it, rather than grating it.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.  Scoop by heaping tablespoons (or use a cookie scoop - my favourite way) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 375F for about 14 minutes - until the cookies are puffed and lightly browned