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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Orange Drop Cookies

Orange Drop Cookies biscuits

These Orange Drop Cookies are just beautiful, like little kisses of summer.  They are a delicious soft shortbread with a subtle orange flavour.  The first batch I made were gone in a few hours, before I could get a photo for this post, so I made some more the next morning!

Makes approx. 24 biscuits

1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup almond meal
90g butter, at room temperature
½ cup caster sugar
Grated zest 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
Icing sugar, to dust

Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl, then stir in the almond meal.  In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar with electric beaters until thick and pale.  Beat in the zest, vanilla and 1 egg, then stir in the flour mixture until well combined.
Roll the dough into small balls (about 24).  Place each ball on the baking tray and pinch the tops twice to form a peak.
Beat the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon of water, then use to lightly glaze the biscuits.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the biscuits are firm to touch but are still pale.
Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Dust with the icing sugar.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Orange Drop Cookies1


  1. Oh, I am a sucker for shortbread AND orange flavor. I'm saving this recipe!! ;)
    And I AGREE - baking DOES make things better!

  2. I need to make these little nummies asap! Love me some shortbread!

  3. What could you use instead of Almond Meal?

    1. Almond meal is ground up almonds. I found a packet in the baking isle in the supermarket.

      A google search will tell you how to make your own, or will give you a bunch of alternatives. I've only made these using almond meal, so I don't know what they would be like using a different ingredient.