Italian Almond Blood Orange Cookies Recipe

Carrie Vasios

These slightly chewy Italian cookies have ground toasted almonds and blood orange zest in the base. They're dipped in egg whites and topped with slivered almonds, then coated in a dusting of confectioners sugar.

Adapted from Babbo.

Recipe Facts



Active: 30 mins
Total: 105 mins
Serves: 36 servings

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For Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds, toasted and cooled (see note)

  • 2 cups (about 10 ouncesall-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup (about 7 ouncessugar

  • 1 large egg yolk (white reserved)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 packed teaspoon blood orange zest from about 1 small blood orange

For Coating:

  • 1 large egg white (reserved from egg above)

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced blanched almonds

  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, grind toasted almonds until the consistency of coarse flour. Add to a medium bowl with flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixture until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolk, orange zest, and vanilla; beat to combine. Add dry ingredients to the bowl and beat until it comes together into a dough. Divide dough into two equal pieces. Form each piece into a 1-inch wide log, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. Adjust oven rack to lower and middle positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the first log of dough into 1/4-inch wide slices.

  4. Place egg white in a shallow bowl. Fill another shallow bowl with sliced almonds. Dip each cookie into egg white, then into sliced almonds to coat. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Dust with confectioner's sugar to coat.


To toast almonds, preheat oven to 325°F and spread almonds over a baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 7 minutes.

Special Equipment

Electric beater, baking sheets,

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
149 Calories
10g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 149
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)