Chocolate Orange Dipped Almond Horns are chewy, delicious and naturally gluten-free! They’re perfect for holiday baking or anytime you’re craving cookies!
Almond horns are one of my favorite cookies and not just at Christmas time either. I actually discovered how much I love them years ago after grabbing one at the Whole Foods cookies bar. Their cookie bar is my weakness. I can’t go into that store without getting a cookie from the cookie bar. After my first time trying one I was immediately hooked which was no surprise since they’re loaded with almond flavor!
If you’ve never had an almond horn before you’re in for a treat. They’re crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The soft chewiness comes from the almond paste which is the main ingredient in the recipe. Don’t confuse almond paste with marzipan in this recipe, as marzipan is much sweeter.
Orange zest isn’t an ingredient used in traditional almond horn cookies, but I love the combination of the light citrus flavor paired with the almond. You’ll add orange zest to both the cookie dough and the melted dark chocolate. Chocolate and orange are a classic flavor pairing so it seemed only natural to add it to these cookies.
Once the dough for the cookies is made you’ll roll it in sliced almonds. Traditionally blanched sliced almonds are used, but I goofed up and just used regular ones. No big deal, either will work, it doesn’t change the way they taste. After they’re rolled in almonds, simply form them into a horseshoe shape and bake them off on a parchment lined baking sheet.
When the cookies have cooled completely, dip each end in the melted chocolate with orange zest. I like to use dark chocolate, but semi-sweet would be good too. The sprinkles aren’t necessary, but it’s a nice touch for the holiday season.
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 30mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 16g Protein: 6g