I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to get some delicious cookies on the blog here and it must have sparked a memory inside him. His eyes grew big and with a smile said “I know the perfect recipe”.
My husband was born and raised in Florida and traveled way over to where we now live in Washington state where I was born and raised. He was also in the US Navy and traveled all over the world, so you better believe he has lots of stories to tell this bright-eyed girl!
He began telling me about when he was a little boy. His grandfather would take him into the kitchen and make oatmeal cookies. Only.. they were not ordinary oatmeal cookies. They had a “drop of Florida Sun” in them.
I questioned him about what the secret ingredient was but he wouldn’t give. I had to wait until he came home from the grocery store with a grin on his face. Without the kids looking he secretly pulled a small bottle of orange extract out of the grocery bag with a big grin on his face and showed it to me.
Of course orange would be the secret flavor in Florida Sun Oatmeal Cookies!!
He whipped up the ingredients like a pro while the kids watched with big eyes as he told them about his Grandpa. At the end of his story he secretly whispered and showed them the secret ingredient. It was beyond cute.
Now pay close attention to what I’m about to say… he made these cookies and… I am not a fan of oatmeal cookies… but Florida Sun Oatmeal Cookies turned me into an addict after one bite! The kids adore them and now that his co-workers got wind of it we have been appointed to take them into work!
When you whip these up with the kids quietly let them know the secret to Grandpa’s Florida Sun Oatmeal Cookies, they will adore the secret and love the taste!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Beat until combined. Beat in eggs and orange extract. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in remaining flour. Stir in oats.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.