Orange Kissed Almond Cookies (Gluten and Dairy Free)

I am so excited that today is Halloween! I love helping my kids’ get all made up and taking them out to trick or treat. This year will be the first Halloween since our switch to a gluten-free lifestyle and while I am really excited to take part in the festivities, I am also really concerned about all of the places that gluten could be hiding. My plan is to have a fresh batch of homemade cookies waiting for my little monster when he returns home from gathering his treats. He really adores these orange cookies so hopefully he won’t notice when the bucket of candy goes missing. Fingers crossed!

Orange Kissed Almond Cookies
Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
10 ounces almond paste
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp. gluten-free almond extract
1/8 tsp. gluten-free orange extract
Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.

Blend the almond paste, sugar, and salt until they become uniformly crumbly. *I used my stand mixer for this.

Lightly beat the egg whites and add them gradually to the almond mixture with the mixer constantly running.

When the eggs are incorporated turn off the mixer and stir in the almond and orange extracts.

Scoop the dough with a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon onto the prepared pans leaving about an inch in between each cookie. Sprinkle the cookies heavily with confectioners’ sugar and press down on each cookie with the tines of a fork, like you would a peanut butter cookie.

Bake each cookie for 20-25 minutes, until they are brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the pan.

We are happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mama, Eat.Live.Make, and Gluten Freed R.D.!  Hop on over to find more great gf recipes.

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What are the health benefits of almonds?

Almonds are full of Vitamin E and other antioxidants which help to slow the aging process and fight diseases. Low in carbohydrates and high in healthy unsaturated fats, these tree nuts help control blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels.

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  1. Sewa N March 18, 2016 at 5:37 am

    What is Almond paste? Is it Almond butter?

    1. Meg March 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Almond paste is made from ground almonds, but it isn’t almond butter. The blanched almonds are mixed woth confectioner’s sugar and a few other ingredients making for a sweet paste tahtis perfect in baked goods. Click here to see the brand I use!

  2. Nelly December 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I live in Australian,and I am not sure what almond paste is? Could you please explain. Thank you

    1. admin November 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Anne-Marie! I will have to hop on over and check out your blog hop:)

  3. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) November 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, orange kissed! It sounds SUPER refreshing!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 We had 101 awesome recipes! What a great resource we are creating!! Cindy from

    The winner of the Domata prize pack will be announced Thursday at the party!

    1. admin November 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      If you only knew how bad I want that Domata prize pack!! OMG! I am so glad that the link up is growing so quickly. I love perusing the link ups.

  4. Dana November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    They look incredible! Somehow I always scroll down through gf Fridays and just happen to click on your recipes. Hmm wonder why. Oh must be the awesome and enticing pics! Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. admin November 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thanks Dana! You are too sweet!


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