These healthy Almond Flour Cranberry Orange Cookies are the perfect cookie to add to your holiday baking list. They are full of flavor, contain dried cranberries and are made with fresh oranges. Plus, these cookies are Paleo, gluten free, grain free and dairy free.
If you look at the Paleo cookie recipes on my site, you'll see that most of them involve chocolate. Can you blame me? Cookies containing chocolate are usually my preference...or, at least that's what I thought until I made these Almond Flour Cranberry Orange Cookies.
Healthy Holiday Cookies
These cookies are full of flavor and have a slightly crisp outside, but a soft, fluffy interior. In addition, they are great in grab and go lunches for the kiddos, or could even pass as a breakfast cookie from time to time. They are:
- Gluten Free
- Grain Free
- Dairy Free
- Easy to Make
- Heart Healthy
- Full of Flavor
Ingredients in Almond Flour Cranberry Orange Cookies
Almond flour is the main ingredient in this recipe for Cranberry Orange Cookies. All the ingredients are Paleo friendly and gluten free. Here's what you need:
- blanched almond flour
- coconut flour
- coconut sugar
- baking soda
- non-hydrogenated shortening
- freshly squeezed orange juice
- orange zest
- dried cranberries
Almond and coconut flour are a must for this recipe. I have not tried any other flour substitutions and because of the unique properties these flours have, I do not recommend using any others.
Coconut sugar is a great granulated Paleo baking sugar. However, any granulated sugar or sugar substitute will work. For a lower carb option, monk fruit would be a great choice.
Non-hydrogenated shortening can be found online or at nearly any health food store. But, if this is not something available, then substituting with coconut oil or even grass fed butter should work. Just note, I have not tested these substitutions.
The bold flavor of these cookies comes from the orange juice, zest and cranberries. Although I don't recommend swapping any of these ingredients, the cranberries (I recommend apple juice sweetened ones) can be subbed with any dried fruit or even left out.
How to Make Cranberry Orange Cookies with Almond Flour
These cookies are made in one bowl, baked in the oven and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then, combine all dry ingredients (except cranberries) in a medium-sized mixing bowl. This includes: almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt.
Next, add in the wet ingredients. These include: shortening, egg, orange juice and orange zest. Mix until the shortening is dispersed throughout the batter and no longer in any size-able clumps. Then, fold the cranberries into the batter.
Use a medium-sized cookie scoop (about 1.5 tablespoons of batter) to scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet. Then, place them in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
Lastly, remove the cookies from the oven and rest on the pan for 5 minutes to cool. Then transfer to a cooling rack.
Almond Flour Cookies
For more healthy, Paleo friendly almond flour cookie recipes, check these out:
- Vanilla Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Easy Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies
Almond Flour Cranberry Orange Cookies (Paleo)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 10 cookies 1x
These healthy holiday cookies are made with almond flour, dried cranberries and fresh oranges. Paleo, gluten free, dairy free and grain free.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour, lightly packed (115g)
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour (18g)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup non-hydrogenated shortening (room temp)
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tsp orange zest
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Mix in shortening, egg, orange juice and orange zest. Mix until the shortening is dispersed throughout the batter.
- Fold dried cranberries into the batter.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons of batter) to scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet.
- Place cookies in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
- Remove cookies from the oven and rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then, transfer to a cooling rack.
Keywords: cookies, holiday, cranberries, orange, dessert, Paleo
these look amazing! I wonder if you could use any dried fruit?
Yes, any dried fruit should work 🙂
thank you! 🙂
Chantal Couture says
They look and seem so gooooood ???? can’t wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe share
Of course! Hope you like them as much as we do! 🙂
Can I use butter in place of the shortening?
Yes, room temperature butter should work.