Scrumptious Orange Bites Recipe

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Scrumptious Orange Bites

ann wilson


from Sue McGill of The Villages, FL

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Yield: 4 dozen


25 Min


10 Min


1 1/3 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
3/4 tsp
baking soda
1 1/2 c
pitted whole dates, chopped
8 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1/2 c
light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp
grated orange zest plus 1/2 cup orange juice
large eggs
1 c
butterscotch chips
1 c
chopped pecans
confectioner's sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

Adjust oven racks to upper middle and lower middle positions and heat oven to 375. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
Bring dates, butter, brown sugar, and orange zest and juice to simmer in a saucepan and cook until the mixture is slightly thickened and measures 2 cups, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
Whisk eggs into cooled date mixture, one at a time, until combined. Fold in flour mixture until just combined, then fold in butterscotch chips and pecans. Drop generous tablespoon size portions of dough onto prepared cookie sheets, spaced about 2 inches apart.
Bake cookies until edges are set and beginning to brown but centers are still soft and puffy, about 10 minutes, switching and rotating baking sheets halfway through baking time.
Let cookies cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough using cooled, freshly lined baking sheets.
Lightly dust the COOLED cookies with confectioner's sugar before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies