Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
about 2 1/2 dozen

Use fiori di sicilia, an Italian citrus and vanilla flavoring, to give these easy drop cookies a subtle taste of orange.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Step 2

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Beat in egg and orange flavoring just until combined. Add flour mixture and oats; stir until blended. Stir in white chocolate and raisins. Cover and chill dough 1 hour, if desired.

Step 3

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls, 3" apart, onto prepared baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 5

Prep: 10 min.; Cook: 15 min. per batch; Other: 5 min.

Step 6

Editor's favorite; Make ahead

Step 7

Note: Order fiori di sicilia from It's very affordable, and a small vial will perfume your kitchen for a long time.

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Ratings & Reviews

CharleneEbey's Review

December 08, 2013
These cookies are yummy! I used gluten free flour and replaced the raisins with dried cherrys. I used dark chocolate chunks too. A really good cookie! Allow a lot of room as the cookies really spread

beachformysoul's Review

November 10, 2013
I am not a big fan of white chocolate so instead of that and the raisins, I use lots of orange infused dried cranberries (Trader Joes) and sometimes use regular semi sweet chocolate chips. When I bake cookies I always check to be sure the baking soda and baking powder are fresh and then always get nice puffed cookies - if they are supposed to be that way! An outstanding recipe - always in the Christmas gift boxes.


November 12, 2015
Made them twice and came out great both times.

jackie2830's Review

November 11, 2014
Sorry, I did not make these, but was going to until I saw the 1cup of flour????? Maybe that's why everyone complains of flat cookies????? Actually, the cookies pictured look pretty flat to me as well......what gives My Recipes......a goof perhaps????? I will not make these.

Mount06Effort's Review

December 20, 2013
Cookies were very tasty, however, tended to brown way to fast at the suggested oven temperature.

disanders's Review

April 10, 2013
These are the best cookies i have ever made. Totally addictive and delicius.!

PattyLynn's Review

November 24, 2012
These are my family's new favorite cookies! I made some changes….used a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a combination of golden raisins, regular raisins and dried cranberries (totaling 1/2 c.). I also made them smaller…made them a heaping teaspoon instead of tablespoon and adjusted the baking time accordingly. I also used half white flour and half whole wheat flower.

sillybluestarr's Review

November 18, 2011
Very good cookies! I didn't have orange extract so I used 2 tsp of orange zest instead (and they were not too "orange-y"). The only thing I would change is to use 1-2 ounces less white chocolate. Side note: Like another commenter said, my cookies also came out more flat than in the picture.

Dianethecook's Review

November 15, 2011
One of the best cookies I have ever made. These will be added to my Holiday gift giving list. Try them and you will see what I mean.

Donnahoffman's Review

November 14, 2011
Awesome cookie!!