Gluten-Free Mandarin Orange Cookies



mandarin orange cookies gluten free holiday recipes

Mandarin oranges are in season and I couldn’t wait to make some irresistible desserts with these little orange delights! I adapted this recipe from, to make a slightly smaller, and more orange-filled flavour cookie. Enjoy these this holiday with a chai tea or latte!

Gluten-Free Mandarin Orange Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tblsp orange zest
  • 200g (2 cups) almond meal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 200g (1 3/4 cups) gluten free flour
  • 4 Tblsp orange juice, fresh squeezed


  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 4-6 small mandarin oranges (if you look for organic mandarins, they’re usually smaller)
  • white sugar, for sprinkling
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Wash the mandarin oranges with warm water, and dry thoroughly with a towel. Slice very thin slices of the oranges (1-2mm) and place each slice onto a dish towel.
  2. In a large bowl or electric mixer, whisk together the butter and egg until you get a light and fluffy consistency.
  3. Add the ground almonds, sugar, flour, orange zest, and orange juice, until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into two logs/rolls, about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  4. Heat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  5. Remove the logs from the fridge and slice 1/4″ thick slices, and place onto the baking sheet (these are the cookies).
  6. Using the bottom of a small glass or jar (just under 2″ in diameter), press the bottom into the top of each cookie slice, making a circular indent. Brush with egg yolk, and place a mandarin orange slice on top. Sprinkle with sugar. Repeat with each cookie.
  7. Bake for 12mins, then turn the broiler on high, sprinkle each cookie with more sugar, and broil for another 2mins until the tops of the cookies become golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven, and cool on a wire wrack. Dust with powered sugar.


mandarin orange cookies gluten free holiday




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