Easy Peasey Orange Blossom Cookies That Will Give Your Life Meaning

7 Nov

I am always raving about melomakarona, the tiny cookies that will change your life in a huge way. I keep saying I will try and make a gf/sf version, but never get around to it. Today’s recipe joins the gilded ranks of awesome things that have been discovered by accident. Move over, penicillin–your girl Chef Kef stumbled upon a gluten-free, sugar-free cookie that tastes a whole lot like melomakarona. One day I will try and add some spices to capture the rich subtlety of the original cookie, but for today, these orange and honey palate-pleasers are more than close enough.

This recipe is originally from Pure and Simple Nourishment-but I had to improvise because I didn’t bother to check ingredients before I started. My version is below, but full gift-from-the-heavens, melomakarona-impersonating praise goes to Erin and Amanda for giving this gluten-free Greek’s life meaning again.

photo(1)Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Orange Blossom Cookies


  • 2 c almond flour
  • 1/8 c coconut flour
  • 1/6 c coconut oil, melted
  • zest and juice and 4 clementines
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup honey


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon or pastry cutter until dough has formed.

2. Mold dough into a ball and wrap in wax paper. Put in freezer for at least 15 minutes.

3. Form dough into 1-1.5 -inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart from one another. Using a fork, press the cookies down so they are flatter (but not completely flat) with the cross-hatch design.

4. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Tops will be golden brown. I cooked mine for 14 and they were still soft and very yummy. Let cool before eating or they may fall apart.

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