Chocolate Orange Cookies (Grain and Gluten Free)
I’ve created these chocolate orange cookies because I just love that flavor combination. My family and loved ones know that I always buy chocolate with orange flavor. For me one of the best desserts is to have a piece of orange flavored chocolate. At least that was the case until I made these cookies. Now I can’t wait to have a cookie for dessert or a snack.
They are very similar to my almond cookies with lemon glaze. Since they turned out so good, I decided to replace the lemon with orange and the spread some chocolate on top instead of glaze. It worked so well that I had to share it with you.
Why should you make this recipe?
These chocolate orange cookies are so delicious and easy to make. There are no grains and refined sugar in the recipe.
In this recipe I use almond instead of all-purpose flour. Almonds are delicious and nutritious nuts. They are rich in vitamins, monounsaturated fats, protein and fiber. That is why these cookies are high in protein, and don’t contain gluten.
The chocolate orange cookies are also low on sugar because are sweetened with maple syrup. For this recipe I also used chocolate chips from Choc Zero. Instead of refined sugar they use monk fruit to sweeten their chocolates. Since these cookies are low on sugar and high on nutrients, they won’t make you crash like most cookies you buy at the store.
The orange flavor in this recipe comes from an actual orange. The zest and the juice of the orange have enough aroma. In every bite you will taste the orange without the need of using additional food flavoring.
I used a tablespoon to scoop out the batter and I got 20 cookies.
If your batter is too dry and you can’t form a cookie, add another tablespoon of melted butter.
I create a water bath to melt the chocolate. This means that I put a pot of simmering water underneath a bowl with the chocolate and I stir until it is melted. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave but stir it occasionally (every 15 seconds) so it doesn’t burn.
Cool off your cookies before spreading the chocolate on top. You can put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes if you want the chocolate to harden before you eat them.
Baking may take 10-13 minutes. I recommend staring a timer as soon as the cookies are in the oven and check them after 10 minutes. Nuts can burn fast.
If you want to make these cookies vegan use a vegan chocolate and coconut oil instead of butter.
Store the cookies in an airtight container on the countertop. You don’t need to be refrigerate them unless the room temperature is too high.
I recommend using organic orange and wash it very well before zesting.
This blog post is not sponsored. I love the products of Choc Zero and I use them all the time in my baking. The link will give you $15 off your first purchase and I will get $15 off any of my furniture purchases.
Chocolate Orange Cookies
- 2 cups almond flour
- 5 Tbsp maple syrup
- 5 Tbsp melted unsalted butter or coconut oil if you are vegan
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ tsp baking soda
- the zest from one orange
- 6 oz dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 355F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl add the almond flour, melted butter, maple syrup, baking soda, one tablespoon of orange juice and the zest of one orange. Stir until well combined.
- Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it between your palms to make a ball. Then flatten it to form a disk and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat with until you run out of dough.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes or until they are golden brown.
- The cookies will be slightly soft when they are out of the oven. Leave them in the pan for 5 minutes before trying to remove them on a cooling rack. Allow them to cool down before spreading the chocolate on top.
- Melt the chocolate, spoon and spread over each cookie. Add some more orange zest on top of each cookie before the chocolate sets (optional).