EASY ALMOND ORANGE COOKIES — These melt-in-your mouth cookies feature chopped almonds, almond extract and orange zest. They’re pretty, delicious, and perfect for your holiday cookie trays.
These dainty cookies, with chopped almonds, a hint of orange flavor, and a simple almond glaze, are sure to be a favorite on your holiday cookie trays this season.
One of my favorite things about holiday baking is trying new Christmas cookie recipes, and these almond and orange cookies are the best cookie I’ve tried this season.
I don’t always think about combining orange and almond, but it’s a perfect flavor combo, and these cookies look so pretty with the chopped almonds and flecks of orange zest.
The cookie itself reminds me of a soft sugar cookie, with a hint of shortbread flavor. And I definitely prefer the simplicity of a drop cookie to a more elaborate shaped or cut-out cookie.
Of course, flavor is important too, and these cookies do no disappoint when it comes to great flavor. The have that quality I like to call “easy but elegant.”
These cookies are perfect for the winter holidays, since citrus fruits are in season. But this is a wonderful cookie to make all year long. They’re also perfect for spring holidays like Easter.
I usually opt for my small cookie scoop when I make this recipe. I just think these cookies look perfect when they’re small and dainty. But feel free to make the larger if you’d like.
Somehow I convince myself that a smaller cookie means I should eat twice as many!
My family loves these cookies as much as I do. They certainly don’t last long around here, and I’m already getting requests to add them to our annual holiday baking list.
If you’re looking to try a new Christmas cookie that’s simple, delicious, and pretty, with wonderful and unique flavors, you’ll want to try these Easy Almond Orange Cookies.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Easy Almond Orange Cookies
- Granulated sugar
- Almond extract
- Baking powder
- Sliced almonds
- Powdered sugar
For the cookies
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
For the glaze
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 3-4 tablespoons milk
- 1-2 tablespoons orange zest
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg and almond extract until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat on medium speed until combined. Fold in the chopped almonds and orange zest.
- Drop dough 2 inches apart on prepared cookies sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just set and golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, almond extract and 2-3 tablespoons of milk. Gradually add more milk, if needed, until glaze reaches desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies, then sprinkle with orange zest.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 105mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g
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