Orange and almond cookies

by Sunita on November 2, 2009

Hope all of you have had a lovely wekend. We did; in fact the whole of last week just flew by. Rengoni and Agastya were home for their half term and have gone back to school today. All of a sudden, just like every other break, the house seems to be very quiet. The kids have taken their banter, their laughs and squabbles away with them, and the house lies quiet, their things sitting  just where they had left them.

As much as it is  nice to have the house back, and not pick up things a zillion times duriong the day, I do miss their banter. I do miss their coming up to the kitchen, and enquiring “what’s for lunch mummy?” Actually, I love it when they begin to dissect the food placed in front of them. They eat it up alright, band, I have really begun to respect their  opinions and suggestions. Sometimes, they do come up with some brilliant ideas. I love to look at the food through them.

I love the way their eyes twinkle when I ask them what they thought of a dish and they sit up and look all important; turn the food in their mouths  and pass judgement. And when I put these orange and almond cookies in front of them, my little critics gave them a ‘double’ thumbs up. Their happy faces made me smile. The cookies also received glowing remarks from the li’l critics’ dad.

So, here I am, sharing the recipe for these orange and almond cookies which were a great hit with our family-

What’s needed-

2 C whole wheat flour (atta)
3 tblsp of ground almonds
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tblsp of orange zest
5 tblsp of sunflower or vegetable oil
5 tblsp of icing sugar
1/2 C of milk

almond slivers for topping

How to-

  1. Rub together the flour, soda, almonds, icing sugar and zest with the fingertips till they resemble fine crumbs.
  2. Mix together the milk and oil. make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the milk mixture.
  3. Fold in quickly, with a rubber spatula or fingertips, till just mixed.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg c and line a baking tray.
  6. With slightly damp hands, make 25 balls of the dough and arrange them on the tray, a little apart from each other. Flatten the balls a little with the fingertips and press an almond sliver on top.
  7. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 22-25 minutes or till the tops are light golden.
  8. Cool on the tray for a couple of seconds and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

They were crispy, not overtly sweet and with a hint of orange.

They are not fancy, but very wholesome and homey kind of cookies. The kind that you would want on your plate beside a cup of tea/coffee or a glass of milk.

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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Cooking Ninja November 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

Love your cookies. Unfortunately diva doesn’t seems to like anything that has orange flavour. Strange kid, I tell u – she loves orange juice but not orange in her cake or cookies. :( Think I will just a batch just for me. :)


2 Sunita November 2, 2009 at 10:24 am

LOl Pam, I have to meet your li’l diva one day; and yes, kids do have their own strange ways, don’t they?


3 Happy Cook November 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

It is ages ago i made some cookies and love the flavours in these, looks beautiful as always.


4 Sunita November 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

Thanks F :-)


5 jayasree November 2, 2009 at 10:26 am

Love the citrus flavor in cookies. And you have made it healthy with atta and less oil. Looks tempting enough to take one and pop in.


6 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Jayasree, thanks; do give them a try, very easy to do so.


7 Sonu November 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

Thumbs up. Such a lovely and easy to make Sunita!


8 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Sonu :-)


9 Colloquial Cook November 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

For “home-y” cookies, they look stunning madame Sunita! They look…err…. friendly! Go atta!


10 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

lol, thanks Claire :-)


11 Ria November 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Sunita, they look as cute as a button! Beautiful pairing of flavours…and they look very crunchy!


12 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Ria, we loved them :-)


13 Rosa November 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

What a great combo! Those cookies look divine!




14 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


15 Ramya Kiran November 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Looks so delicious and healthy. Loved the pairing of almonds and orange. Bookmarked!


16 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Do give tham a try, Ramya :-)


17 Poornima November 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Great cookies Sunita, they look so cute and the flavors are just awesome.


18 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Thanks Poornima :-)


19 Deborah November 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I love orange and almond together. They are lovely!


20 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I can’t have enough of the combo too :-)


21 avisha November 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm

The cookies sure look delicious. I have liked the fact that there are no eggs and no maida. Thats a lovely and healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing.


22 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Thanks Avisha. I hardly use maida or butter in my bakes; goes easier on the waist ;-)


23 Suparna November 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Sunita, I love ALL of your recipes and I have made most of them.
Thanks a zillion for posting them. The recipe is so well written that they always come out as you expect them.
The cookies look delicious ! I have to make them, next weekend may be….
Hugs !!!


24 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Aww, you’re most welcome Suparna. Glad that you like my recipes :-)


25 Madhu November 2, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Cookies looks fantastic, like the orange flavor.


26 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Thanks madhu :-)


27 Malar Gandhi November 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Sounds delicious, looks yumm…awesome clicks.


28 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Malar :-)


29 Mowie @ November 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Mmmmmmm… cookies! I like the thickness of these and I love citrus flavoured cookies. I bet they’re totally moreish!


30 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Thay are!! Thanks Mo :-)


31 A Bowl Of Mush November 2, 2009 at 8:27 pm

These look so delicate and beautiful! I love orange and almond together!


32 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Thank you :-)


33 nags November 3, 2009 at 4:00 am

they are so chubby! i love chubby cookies


34 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Nags :-)


35 vini November 3, 2009 at 4:30 am

Hi Sunita,
I have tried make biscuits using mine were soft inside and crispy outside..just wanted to know if these were also soft inside?



36 Nirmala November 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Really a lovely looking cookie! But both the little ones don’t favour much for cookies. But we elders like them and hence I can give them a try!


37 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Nirmala; make them for the grown ups then :-)


38 Sumi November 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Love these cookies.I have bookamarked most of ur recipes and have also tried out quite a few. your banana almond choco cake was the best. Never turned to the cookies side of baking.probably I will start with these little ones.


39 federica November 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm

deliziosi questi biscotti!


40 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm



41 Vijitha November 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Wow! they look so perfect and crispy!


42 Sunita November 4, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Thank you Vijitha :-)


43 Soma November 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Bookmarked! can’t resist the almond and the orange and the plump looks:-)


44 Sunita November 4, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Thanks Soma; we found them irresistable too :-)


45 Freeforged November 4, 2009 at 3:00 am

Oh, those look so tasty I’m going to have to make them. The best part is that I already have all the ingredients!


46 Nicisme November 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

The cookies look great and with whole wheat flour they are healthy right?!


47 Sunita November 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Right nic! :-)


48 Manasi November 6, 2009 at 5:55 am

What a divine combo! Looks so tempting ! Bookmarked!


49 Sunita November 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Thanks manasi :-)


50 The Little Teochew November 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

These are perfect! I can stare at them all day … With a name like Orange and Almond Cookies, they are definitely crowd-pleasers. You made them beautifully!


51 Sunita November 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Thank you. We definitely loved them :-)


52 Himani November 10, 2009 at 3:40 am

Hi Sunita,
Kudos to these cookies. I made them yesterday… My very first attempt at baking cookies. I should have left them a little longer…didn’t get the crispiness you were talking about. But, I really liked their taste. Since y’day I ate them as dessert after my dinner, as a snack after my evening tea, and a couple to curb my midday hunger. so light on tummy and simple in flavour. For this though, I did buy a couple of oranges for the zest

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe


53 Jagruti January 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Hi Sunita

First time here…very nice blog, pics and recipes..cookies are really tempting..

check it out my space



54 Archana April 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Hi Sunita,

I have tried this recipe and it turned out soooooooooo good……..less sugar n fat…I am in love with this one.

Thanks for the wonderful recipe.



55 Sunita April 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

Glad you like it Archana :-)


56 priya September 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Hi Sunita,
Very good pictures in your website. I would like to know the measurement of 1 cup of flour is equal to how many grams?


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