These gluten free almond flour cookies are moist, nutty, and their delightful orange flavor makes them perfect anytime for a guilt free dessert. Try them on a holiday cookie tray or giving as a gift too.
Learning how to eat real foods has been a great journey for us. My sister Marci showed us that real food ingredients not only taste great, they leave us feeling good too.
HFor one, my hubs has lost 40 pounds and I have lost 10 (I know ladies . . . why is it so much harder for us!), we have found ways to make our meals clean and convenient, and we stand in shock as we evaluate how far we have come.
If you are like us, you want to feed your family the best food possible, but you still want a few treats here and there. Our routine is to have a Sunday treat, but when we realized that it has been 6 months since we baked anything with sugar, I was pleasantly surprised.
We had been using pure honey and maple syrup as sweeteners and haven’t missed the refined sugar at all. Coming up with a gluten free almond cookie was a fun challenge for us.
We have tested many dessert recipes that use Almond flour and have created a version of our favorite almond flour cookie. In fact, I owe the creative and delicious results of this Orange Almond cookie to my Mr. TIDBITS. Yes, he does more than just build . . . he loves to cook (nope – you still can’t have him).
He was delighted to test and retest this recipe for almond flour cookies to get it just right for us and dove right in when I told him I wanted to make use of Orange Essential Oil and ground up dehydrated or dried oranges. We call this orange sugar, and we have found many yummy ways to use it after dehydrating a bunch of oranges for THIS POST, where I also explain how to dry them.
I love to buy my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. Free shipping, great prices, no commitments (or MLM marketing). The orange essential oil in this recipe really gives it an intense burst of orange flavor. It’s so good!
This little burst of orange flavor is sure to be a family favorite in your home.
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE ALMOND COOKIES
Some of the best tips for success we have are:
- The dough should be more like playdough. If it’s too dry, add a bit more coconut oil.
- The best method of shaping these cookies is the “smashing method”.You’ll shape the cookies into balls and let them bake for 5 minutes. Then you’ll take a wooden spoon and smash them down slightly, followed by a couple more minutes of cooking.
- Be very careful not to over-bake as they will dry out quickly.
2 VARIETIES OF ORANGE ALMOND COOKIES
We experimented with 2 ways to top our almond flour cookies. They are yummy by themselves, but adding a topping made them even better.
If you are okay with dairy, I suggest trying the orange yogurt cream, which we just added a small dollop to the top of the cookie, followed by a sprinkle of orange sugar (ground up dried oranges). Add the cream right before you plan to consume, as it will soak into the cookie over time.
Chocolate is always a good idea! To make our dip we melted some dark chocolate chips with a spoonful of coconut oil and a drop of orange essential oil. Once melted, we dipped half of the cookie into the chocolate, followed by a sprinkle of orange sugar, and let cool on some parchment paper.
Dip it, cream it, eat it!
Please be sure to PIN THIS POST, share with your friends (especially your gluten free friends) and enjoy this guilt free Holiday indulgence that isn’t overly sweet but still packed with seasonal flavor.
Please let me know in the comments if you give it a try! I’d also love to hear what small steps you’ve made to live a healthier life! It really takes baby steps of change at a time!Print
All Natural Orange Almond Cookies
All natural whole food ingredients come together for these orange almond cookies! Perfect gluten free and guilt free indulgence for the Holiday’s.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 10 cookies 1x
- Category: Gluten free dessert
- 2 cups of almond flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest (about one large orange)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 4 drops orange essential oil
- ½ cup greek
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 drops orange essential oil
- Powdered dehydrated orange to sprinkle on top (or you can use orange zest)
- FOR COOKIE:
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix together all ingredients. The dough should look like play dough in the end. If it falls apart then add more coconut oil.
- Roll the dough into about 10, 1 inch balls and place on lightly oiled cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5 minutes then using a wooden spoon, smash the balls into a cookie shape. They should be about ½” thick.
- Bake for 2 more minutes and remove from oven.
- FOR GLAZE:
- Mix together all ingredients.
- Drop about a tablespoon of glaze in the center of each cookie, right before serving.
- Sprinkle powdered dried oranges over top to taste.
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