Almond cookies bursting with chocolate orange flavor! Low carb meltaway cookies are popular Christmas cookies, but the chocolate-orange flavor of these melting moments cookies makes them healthier sweets any time of year!
I adore the combination of chocolate and orange together. When I’m out shopping and I see chocolate orange slices , I cannot resist buying a package. Another favorite of mine are meltaway cookies. Most popular around the Christmas holiday, meltways are typically almond flour cookies with a thick coating of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar.
Tips for Making Low Carb Almond Cookies
To get the best flavor and texture in the meltaways requires a couple of important tips:
- Use finely ground almond flour , not almond meal. This will keep the texture smooth versus grainy. Of course, if all you have is almond meal, it will work fine, too. I like the quality and value of Bob’s Red Mill products, so that’s what I use.
- Having a pure orange flavor is important to assure that the chocolate doesn’t overpower the overall taste of the cookie. To achieve this, I use wild orange essential oil, more potent than pure orange extract.
A little bit about the use of orange essential oil:
I use orange essential oil and pure orange extract in my almond cookies meltaways. Primarily because wild orange essential oil has benefits that orange extract doesn’t provide. Orange essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit, whereas orange extract has water and alcohol added to the peel. Do you know that extracts are about 75% alcohol?!
Although medicinal use of essential oils is not endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), studies show that orange oil has the ability to boost your immune system. Many of us take a daily dose of Vitamin C to help keep our immune system functioning well, and the oils do the same thing, but with the addition of better flavor and no added chemicals! Essential oils are an all natural way to get great flavor and health benefits!
Oh, and orange essential oil is awesome for purifying and cleaning, too! I add a drop to my dish washing soap and to the washing machine when I do a load of laundry.
In full disclosure, I’m a Wellness Consultant for a very well known essential oil company. So if you’re interested in purchasing oils to add to the almond cookies meltaways, or for any other reason, feel free to check out my website for more information and to place orders. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have as well. Just email me.
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OK, let’s get back to baking, because I’m sure you want the low carb almond cookies recipe.
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Orange-Chocolate Almond Cookies (Low Carb Meltaways)
|Serving Size||2 cookies|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 75kcal Calories from fat 68|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 8g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
Soft and buttery chocolate almond cookies with a punch of orange flavor, baked and coated with powdered erythritol.
- 1 1/2 cups superfine almond flour
- 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup powdered erythritol
- 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract
- 2 drops wild orange essential oil (optional)
- 1/2 cup powdered erythritol
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the powdered erythritol, butter, orange extract, and wild orange essentail oil (if using) until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm (at least an hour).
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
Form cold dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies just start to brown.
Remove pans from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 3 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire cooking rack that is placed over a sheet of parchment paper to cool completely.
Once the cookies are completely cool, put the powdered erythritol into a bowl and roll the cookies through the it a few at a time, placing them back onto the wire cooling rack after they've been coated. Place the remaining powdered erythritol from the bowl into a fine strainer or sieve and sprinkle the tops of the cookies with another coating.
If desired, just before serving, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with more powdered erythritol.
These cookies store very well.
Place in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper and they will keep well for a couple of weeks. Freezing them is not recommended unless you do so before coating the cookies with any powdered erythritol.
Hey, if you love meltaway cookies and would like to try some other flavors, check out these recipes from my blogging friends. However, keep in mind that these are not necessarily low carb!
Peanut Butter Cinnamon Meltaway Cookies from Taste and Tell.
This are all interesting recipes, not just for the flavor combo, but because the cookies aren’t rolled into confectioner’s sugar like my orange-chocolate almond cookies are.
These lemon meltaways from Saving Room for Dessert have a yummy coating of icing on the top.
I can’t wait to try these cappuccino melting moments cookies from The View from Great Island. They’re like having your coffee and your cookie in one bite!