Calling all gluten-free cookie lovers! I have a cookie for you.

It’s spiced, it’s citrus-y, it’s nutty… and it’s dipped in dark chocolate.

Interested?

I created this cookie for my gluten-free friend, but I also loved it. It’s perfect for fall/winter with its’ warm spices. And orange and dark chocolate is one of my favorite combinations.

The texture is very similar to shortbread. It’s buttery and delicious and it melts in your mouth. These cookies are best eaten fresh, I’ve found. So plan on making and devouring them that day. Shouldn’t be a problem!

You can roll these cookies into a rectangular log and make any size version you’d like. They also cut wonderfully if you’re looking to do shapes. I made them into pumpkins on Halloween. Just chill your cut cookies for about 10 minutes before baking them.

Once baked, these gluten free goodies will get a dip in dark chocolate and a sprinkle of almonds. I use an all-purpose gluten free (cup for cup) flour in this recipe alongside finely ground almonds. If you didn’t want to make this gluten free, you could use flour.

gluten free shortbread

 

gluten free shortbread

 

gluten free shortbread

 

gluten free shortbread

 

gluten free shortbread

 

gluten free orange + spiced almond shortbread
 
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A gluten free shortbread cookie, flavored with warm spices, orange zest and almonds, is dipped in rich dark chocolate.
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Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3½ cups all-purpose cup for cup gluten free flour (such as Bob's or Cup4Cup)
  • ½ cup finely ground roasted, unsalted almonds (plus more for garnish, chopped)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grind roasted, unsalted almonds in a food processor until you get half a cup.
  3. Mix the gluten free flour with the almond flour, zest, salt and all of the spices.
  4. Cream softened, room temperature butter with sugar for a minute or two until combined. Add vanilla.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the butter in 3 additions until just combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Form your dough into 3 rectangular logs and wrap in plastic. Chill in the fridge for about 45 minutes, until firm. (If you would like to roll out/cut your cookies into shapes, chill your dough and roll out on a floured surface).
  7. Cut your dough into rectangles about a half inch thick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Your cookies should still be cold/firm when placing in the oven. If they've softened, put them in the fridge on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes.
  8. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cookies are beginning to brown at the edges.
For Dipping
  1. Melt ¾ of the chocolate with the coconut oil over a double boiler. The coconut oil will help keep the chocolate smooth and shiny in lieu of tempering. Once melted, take off the heat and add the rest of the chocolate. Let sit until melted.
  2. Dip cooled cookies into the chocolate and sprinkle with chopped, toasted almonds. Place in the freezer a few minutes until the chocolate is set.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
These cookies are best eaten fresh the day of. They will be okay for a few days in an airtight container, but note that they will be soften some.
 

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