Yes. There is. I think I might be able to taste it, while Michelle thinks they're good, but definitely do not have any orange flavor. I hold to my dream. Stand my ever faltering ground, that, yes, I may have just noticed an orange-ish flavor in that bite. I declare I do!
To settle the issue, I asked the Yes/No Oracle, "Do these cookies taste orange-y?" and got this as a response.
"All right!" ..........but with two thumbs down........... ummm..........Well..... the cookies have Tofutti Cream Cheese in them! Cream Cheese! I don't really even like cream cheese, but it did give these cookies an extra kick of richness. Consensus: probably needs some zest to actually taste orange-y, but I'd definitely make 'em again.
EDIT: I made these again, substituting the vanilla for orange extract and, instead of 1/4 cup orange juice, I did 1 T orange juice, 3 T plain soymilk. Now there's definitely orange in these and they've got a much better texture. 100% awesome. Best cookies I've had in awhile.
1/4 cup Earth Balance
2 Tbs Tofutti Cream Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350
In a large bowl cream together the Earth Balance, Tofutti Cream Cheese and sugar. Add in the orange juice and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and combine. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Plop 'em on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Whatever shape you put 'em in is probably the shape they'll come out in, so sculpt away.