Orange Almond Cookies

Recently, I reunited with a childhood friend on Facebook. When we were young, Becky and I were inseparable, so catching up with her online has brought back quite a few fond memories. Becky told me that she checked out my blog in search of some cookie recipes and found that I only had the recipe for Fudgy Cocoa Brownies to offer her sweet tooth. Gasp!

It occurred to me that I had yet to transfer a cookie recipe I had posted to my personal blog back in July, so in honor of old friends, here's my recipe for Orange Almond Cookies, adapted from a recipe for Orange Poppy Seed Cookies on Simply Recipes.

Orange Almond Cookies (makes about 2 dozen cookies)
(adapted from Simply Recipes)

2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 large brown egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°F. While the oven is preheating, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and orange zest. Beat for 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl part way through to ensure even mixing.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just combined. Fold in the toasted almonds.

Place heaping teaspoonfuls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, allowing the cookies ample space, as they will spread as they bake. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies just begin to turn golden around the edges. Remove from the oven. Let sit on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes so the cookies can solidify a bit, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Katy - They really are delicious. I had to hide them when I was finished baking to prevent myself from eating them all at once! They're a fantastic accompaniment to a cup of orange ginger tea, too.

I saw your recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I'm going to have to try it out. I've never sprinkled sea salt on cookies before!
Zesty Cook said…
I am a huge fan of Orange in anything. I would defintely love to try these with a glass of ice cold milk. Great recipe... Great Blog... Love your site - I will be a regular reader now for sure.

Zesty - Welcome to Taste As You Go! You really can't go wrong with pairing homemade cookies with a glass of ice cold milk!

If you want to be really decadent, you could dip half of one of these cookies into some melted chocolate. Just let the chocolate harden a bit -- if you want -- and enjoy!

I've gone ahead and subscribed to the RSS feed to your blog, so I'll be reading Zesty Cook regularly, too. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future brings!
Manger La Ville said…
These sound delicious. I love the combo of orange and almond. Can't wait to try them.
Manger la Ville - I love the combination of orange and almond, too. I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as I did!