Sugar-Free Orange Almond Shortbread Sugar-Free Orange Almond Shortbread

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Orange rind and almonds add a touch of elegance to these little cookies.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Best: Fall 2005


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup white or brown low-calorie sweetener
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 24 almond slices


Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or leave ungreased; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sweetener until fluffy; beat in rice flour, orange rind and vanilla. Stir in all-purpose flour, one-third at a time. With hands, press into rectangle; wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 15 minutes.

Between waxed paper, roll out dough to generous 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) decorative round cookie cutter, cut out circles, rerolling scraps; place, 1 inch (2.5) apart, on prepared pans. Stick almond slice onto each. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

Bake in centre of 275°F (140°C) oven until bottoms are light golden, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on pans on racks. Transfer to racks and let cool completely.  (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 8 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 67.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g


  • Iron 2.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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Sugar-Free Orange Almond Shortbread