Flourless Chocolate Orange Puddle Cookies

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on December 11, 2015

Classic orange and chocolate together in amazingly delicious and flourless (and naturally gluten, grain and dairy-free) cookies.  These cookies are gooey in the middle with a smooth, crispy and crackly top just like the top of a brownie 🙂


I couldn’t help myself.  I’d say sorry, but I’m not.  I will tell you that this is my last puddle cookie variation though… at least for this season 🙂  Did I mention I couldn’t help it?  This are SO good!  Just look at that crackly, shiny top and just image how gooey and delicious they are in the middle.  These were a big hit, even after I remade the original puddle cookies and after I made the peppermint version as well.  I thought the kids would be done with these cookies already, but nope.  Even as I’m writing this post my daughter is asking if I can make these again.  And I’m not going to lie, I’m not over these cookies at all either 🙂


So I imagine these don’t need a huge introduction.  One of my favorite things to put with chocolate is obviously, orange!  And these are incredible. 

I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of orange extract although that would probably be delicious as well.  But for these, I just added lots of orange zest and it worked perfectly, although I should mention that the orange flavor really comes out the next day :). 

I’ll also add a quick note in the recipe because a couple of years ago when I made candied orange peel I had quite a bit leftover and ended up throwing the extra in these cookies in place of some of the walnuts. 

It was so amazing I’m considering making candied orange peels just to make these cookies with it again.  That being said, that is pretty time consuming, and these were delicious just with some orange zest 🙂


So enjoy!  This is my last cookie recipe for at least a week 🙂  I may have one more to share, but for now, this is it!  I’ll be back next week with some veggie side dish recipes that you will love!  Especially after so many cookies, haha!


For another gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe, try these allergy-friendly roll out sugar cookies!

Flourless Chocolate Orange Puddle Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
34 mins
Servings: 18 -20 large cookies
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 3 cups (310g) coarsely chopped walnuts, or a combination of your favorite nuts (I've used almonds, walnuts and pecans before)
  • 4 cups (453g) powdered sugar
  • ½ cup +3 tablespoons (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Scant ½ tsp sea salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of 3 large oranges
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10-12 minutes, tossing a few times, until fragrant. Remove from the oven and cool.
  2. Lower the oven temperature to 320 degrees F and place the racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the egg whites powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and orange zest until fully combined. Add the nuts and stir in.
  4. Drop 2 tbsp scoops of the batter onto the cookie sheet, only 6 to a cookie sheet, making sure the cookies are evenly spaced from each other and the edge of the pan as they spread a lot!
  5. Place baking sheets in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating and switching the baking sheets half way through. The cookies are done when they are fully puffed up and cracked on top. Do not continue to bake once they have fully puffed up and cracked. Do not remove from the oven too soon as they wont hold together.
  6. Remove from the oven when done and let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before sliding the parchment paper off the baking sheet onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.
Recipe Notes

To give these an even more amazing orange flavor replace up to 1 cup of walnuts with candied orange peel chopped into small pieces similar in size to the walnut pieces.
Keep these in an airtight container on the counter for a week or in the freezer for much longer.
This recipe can easily be halved!
As always, when making this recipe for someone with an allergy make sure all ingredients are free from contamination.

Flourless Chocolate Orange Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free)



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1 Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! December 23, 2019 at 08:50

Love the chocolate orange combo, plus the crunchy walnuts would make these absolutely addicting!


2 jennifer December 22, 2019 at 05:40

Oooh these remind me of being a kid . . . but never had with a hint of orange. yum!


3 Zuzana December 22, 2019 at 04:54

looks very good


4 Don Baiocchi December 19, 2019 at 14:45

I love this kind of cookie but never had it with orange before. It’s so brilliant! Definitely a step up from the normal kind.


5 Stacey Crawford December 19, 2019 at 10:13

Oh yes, these look so good! I love chocolate & orange together!


6 Raia Todd December 18, 2019 at 17:18

Woah momma! Those sound delicious!


7 Heather H December 18, 2019 at 08:54

I love orange and chocolate together, it’s a match made in heaven. They look absolutely perfect and delicious.


8 Jessica December 16, 2019 at 09:08

What a great easy cookie recipe! I don’t use wheat flour so these are perfect for my family:)


9 Lynn | The Road to Honey December 13, 2015 at 17:11

Ooooh! These are so pretty. I absolutely adore all the texture and shine on these cookies. Plus you can never go wrong with citrus and chocolate. I bet that candied orange would taste divine as well.


10 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:49

Thank you Lynn! I just love the shine too 🙂 They look so different than a typical cookie. And yes, that candied orange peel is amazing!


11 Alanna @ One Tough Cookie December 11, 2015 at 20:44

Yum, these look delicious! And it sounds like they have the perfect texture too! Hopefully I’ll have a chance to try them out over the holidays.


12 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:51

They really do, they are SO amazing! I hope you can give them a try 🙂 Thanks so much Alanna!


13 Isabelle @ Crumb December 11, 2015 at 16:07

These look amazing! And your timing is actually pretty awesome, because I was on the hunt for an easy cookie recipe to add to my sweets assortment for my big holiday open house this weekend. I think there’s a batch of these in my very, very near future! 🙂


14 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:52

Awesome! Thanks Isabelle! And I hope you’ll give these a try. If not this holiday season, then sometime soon because they are SO yummy! 🙂


15 Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean December 11, 2015 at 14:50

A classic and oh-so delish flavour combo! I love that these are flourless too, as we don’t do the flour thing around here.


16 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:53

Thanks so much Sarah! 🙂 I’d take these over flour-filled cookies any day 🙂


17 Teresa December 11, 2015 at 11:04

Those look so pretty and they sound delicious. I’m still not over cookies this season, either!


18 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:53

Thanks Teresa 🙂


19 Trish @infinebalance December 11, 2015 at 10:35

Those cookies look so good. I’m coming back for the other recipes!


20 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:54

Thanks Trish! 🙂


21 Samantha @mykitchenlove December 11, 2015 at 09:44

You’re totally rocking the cookies this month!! ????
I love the hit of orange zest against the chocolate cookies.

Can’t wait to see what you’ll make next.


22 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:54

Thanks Samantha! Can never have too many cookie recipes right? Hehe!


23 Nicoletta @ sugarlovespices December 11, 2015 at 09:03

I love all the cookies that you’ve been making, but these ones might be my favorite. Chocolate and orange is just The Best! I don’t use extracts, other than vanilla, here I think orange juice and zest is perfect!


24 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:55

Thanks Nicoletta! I looooove orange and chocolate too 🙂


25 Charlotte Moore December 11, 2015 at 06:19

I love chocolate and orange together. I rather have zest as the extract too.


26 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 13, 2015 at 19:56

Me too! It just tastes better 🙂


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