Soft orange & almond biscuits low in sugar- easy to make!

Soft orange & almond biscuits low in sugar- easy to make!

By 18/05/2018

I am out of hibernation... finally! In the last few weeks we have been having a few lovely warm and sunny days in the UK..and life is so much better! So.. sun hat, sunglasses, a good book and off to the park! Sunshine makes you feel alive!

Over the years I have learned to be more appreciative. When I used to live in Italy I thought nothing of the beautiful sunny days you often get there. I just took them for granted;  so when I moved to the UK (almost 20 years ago now! I cannot believe it) I realized that sunny days should be treasured; even when you spend time indoors if there is more light and the sun is shining your mood is so different.

Today I have a little recipe to share with reduced sugar. I made some cookies for my children's afternoon snack and they are halfway between a cookie and an amaretto. If you make amaretti (I love them) you have to add quite a lot of sugar, so I tried something in between instead by mixing almond meal and flour but with much less sugar. Adding orange zest and juice adds a delicate perfumed flavour and almonds are quite sweet anyway. These cookies last quite well for a few days in an air tight container.

My blogging friend Mimi Rippee who is a great chef has made my ham and asparagus lasagna.  Mimi is a professional chef and you can tell that by the quality and presentation of her recipes. Check out Chef Mimi Blog and be inspired by her wonderful recipes.


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes
  • Yield : 25



In a bowl mix the flour with the almond meal, the sugar, the egg, the melted butter, the zest and the juice of the orange. Add the vanilla essence and the baking powder.

Working with your hands form a smooth ball. Add a little extra flour to help you with this if it is too sticky. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle some flour on your worktop and roll the pastry with your hands forming a long sausage. Cut it into small pieces and make little balls the size of a walnut.

Soft almond cookies with orange

Roll them in powdered sugar and place them on a non sticky parchment paper on a baking tray. Bake them for 10 to 15 minutes at 180C or 350F until they look slightly golden. Don't let them get too dark.

Orange almond cookies

Let them cool down before serving.

Soft almond and orange cookies low in sugar

Orange almond cookies low in sugar

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23 Responses to Soft orange & almond biscuits low in sugar- easy to make!

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I come from a coastal city where you have more than 6 months of summer and winter is never below 5C…and just need a T-shirt in December 🙂 but I just couldn’t stand the humid hot weather and got ill every darn summer…am pretty happy with just mild weather here in Germany.
    These almond biscuits look lovely and I really appreciate it’s low sugar too. Have a wonderful weekend, Alida!

    • Alida

      Oh yes the weather makes a big difference to your health. I am glad you feel better living in Germany. Have a good weekend!

  2. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef

    What lovely little ookies , I have to make them when I get home. Making cookies with less sugar is right up my alley. I enjoyed reading your recipe on Mimi’s blog.

    • Alida

      Thanks Gerlinde. If we bake at home we can always choose how much sugar to add to our recipes and I find that if you use good quality ingredients and some natural flavourings like vanilla or citrus, you don’t need to add too much sugar.

  3. gloria

    I love all with orange cara, these looks really delicious !

    • Alida

      Yes it really is a good ingredient in the kitchen.

  4. Chiara

    devono essere anche profumati oltre che facili da fare, mi segno la ricetta! Buona settimana, un bacione

    • Alida

      Una classica ricettina di biscotti veloce e facile.

  5. speedy70

    Ottimi questi biscotti alle mandorle, molto golosi!

    • Alida

      Grazie 1000 cara

    • Alida

      I agree, they go down pretty well with a good cuppa.

  6. Maria

    These cookies look absolutely perfect! I love the combination of oranges and almonds. I have pinned to try! Thanks for sharing Alida ♥

    • Alida

      Grazie cara Maria!

  7. La cucina di Molly

    Con poco zucchero…questi biscotti fanno proprio per me, devo provarli! Baci!

    • Alida

      Mi piacciono perche’ si conservano bene per alcuni giorni.

  8. elisabetta

    A sunny day after spells of cloudy weather is the best medicine for us all. Sunshine just makes you so happy, let’s enjoy! Love these gorgeous biscotti with orange and almond – the perfect marriage of ingredients.

    • Alida

      Citrus and almond go hand in hand.. the flavours of Sicily! Off to enjoy the sunshine this weekend. Have a good one too Elisabetta!

  9. Monika Gkontidi

    The cookies are very very nice…also my 1 year old son love them…thank you for recipe !!

    • Alida

      Wonderful, thank you. I am very pleased your little one likes them.


    Hi Alida,
    I would like to try your recipe, in the instructions it says add the lemon but in the ingredients lemon is not listed, do you mean add the orange zest and juice?
    Thnak you

    • Alida

      Sorry it was a typing error! No lemons are used here just the zest and the juice of the orange.

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