Carob and orange are a match I just can’t pass up. Especially when they look so cute.
If you want to add a little something to your cookies that isn’t more chocolate, orange rind will enliven your senses and captivate your taste buds. You and your family will be hooked on these little delights. Thankfully this recipe makes a whopping big pile.
They will satisfy your cravings for chocolate and cream without the dairy. Who could say no? Plus you won’t have to feel guilty about eating a few, because they are healthier than most store bought cookies.
I used carob powder in these cookies rather than cocoa powder because the carob powder allows the orange ring to shine through. If you only have cocoa powder in your cupboard it will give more of a chocolatey taste and you might have to add a little more orange rind.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 1/3 cup self-raising flour
1 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon orange rind
4 tablespoons carob powder (2 tablespoons cocoa powder)
2 tablespoons almond milk
2/3 cup very thick coconut cream.
1 teaspoon orange rind.
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 drop red and 2 drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Beat together coconut oil and sugar until well combined.
- Add in maple syrup and vanilla essence.
- Beat in eggs one at a time.
- Mix together flour, carob powder and almond meal in a medium bowl and slowly add into the egg mixture.
- Add in orange rind and almond milk, mix well.
- Roll teaspoon sized balls of mixture into balls and flatten slightly, place on baking tray.
- Place in freezer for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to harden slightly.
- Take out of the freezer and put straight into hot oven. Bake for 7 minutes.
- While the cookies are cooling, mix together the coconut cream, orange rind, icing sugar and food coloring in a small bowl. Place in refrigerator for half and hour.
- When the cookies are cool, spread the icing on the cookies and sandwich together.
- It is best to keep these in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.