Gluten-Free Tuesday: No-Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies

[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

I love orange-flavored chocolate. So when a friend asked me to make my "famous" orange-chocolate cookies for her bridal shower, I jumped at the chance. Her choice of cookie surprised me.

To quote Sandra Lee, these cookies are semi-homemade. I simply dip store-bought shortbread cookies in chocolate I've flavored with pure orange oil. I could bake the shortbread cookies from scratch of course, but since I do a lot of baking, I'm okay with taking the occasional shortcut. Especially when it makes it even easier to get my chocolate and orange fix.

For this recipe I use confectionery coating. Like any ingredient, quality varies greatly from brand to brand. I use Merckens candy coatings because they taste good and are gluten-free and tree nut/peanut-free. If you prefer to use real chocolate, remember to temper it before using.

Variation: Orange is my favorite but I really do like any citrus-flavoring with chocolate. For fun, I occasionally use colored white candy coatings for the cookies: yellow for lemon, light green for lime and, you guessed it, orange for orange. For the lemon cookies, I add a tiny pinch of granulated citric acid. This adds a small bite of tartness to the cookies without making them sour.

About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of GlutenFreeBaking.com joins us every Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America and Mount Mary College. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking.

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Gluten-Free Tuesday: No-Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 3 dozen cookies
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound gluten-free confectionery coating (milk, dark, or white) or chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure orange oil
  • 36 gluten-free shortbread cookies

Procedures

  1. 1

    Place confectionery coatings in microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high
    for 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and stir. (This disperses hot-spots and prevents the coatings from burning.) Repeat,
    removing coatings from microwave every 30 seconds to stir, until
    confectionery coatings melt and no lumps remain.

  2. 2

    Add orange oil. Stir to combine. Taste. The coatings should taste of orange. If the flavor is light, add more orange oil.

  3. 3

    One at a time, dip cookies into candy coating. Using a fork, tap dipped cookie against the side of the bowl to remove excess melted candy. Place dipped cookie onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat. Allow candy to set. If desired, drizzle melted candy coating from a fork over cookies for a drizzle design. Store cookies in an airtight container.

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