Keto Candied Orange Cream Cheese Cookies

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  • prep time

    prep time

    27 h 20 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    1 h 10 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    28 h 30 min

Keto Candied Orange Cream Cheese Cookies

While these cookies require some extra prep work, it is so worth the effort for a delicious keto-friendly dessert! While fruit is typically avoided on keto, citrus peel is a great way to add vibrant flavors in small doses. Combined with soft and fluffy cream cheese cookies, you’ll be very impressed with taste and texture!

Please note that Step 2 calls for more stevia than what is listed in the ingredients. The ingredient list is for nutritional purposes only.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    3.1 g

  • Fiber

    1.6 g

  • Total Carbs

    4.7 g

  • Protein

    1.2 g

  • Fats

    4.4 g

63 cals

Keto Candied Orange Cream Cheese Cookies

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  • Orange Peel

    Orange Peel

    1-¾ ounce

  • Water


    1 cup

  • Stevia In The Raw, Bakers Bag

    Stevia In The Raw, Bakers Bag

    ½ cup

  • Cream Cheese

    Cream Cheese

    4 ounce

  • Butter


    2 tablespoon

  • Stevia In The Raw, Bakers Bag

    Stevia In The Raw, Bakers Bag

    ½ cup

  • Raw Egg, White

    Raw Egg, White

    1 large

  • Vanilla Extract

    Vanilla Extract

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Lemon Extract

    Lemon Extract

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Coconut Flour

    Coconut Flour

    ½ cup

  • Baking Powder

    Baking Powder

    ½ teaspoon

Recipe Steps

steps 8

28 h 30 min

  • Step 1

    The day before you want to bake the cookies, prepare the candied orange peels. Start by peeling an orange of your choosing and slicing the rind into strips. Unfortunately, you will not be using the actual fruit for this recipe. Share with a friend, or discard the orange fruit.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    In a pot over low heat, combine the water with 1 cup of stevia. Not all of this stevia will be eaten later. Once the stevia has completely melted into the water, add in the orange peels. Place a lid on the pot and gently simmer the orange peel in the simple syrup for 45 minutes.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    After 45 minutes, strain the orange peels, discarding any excess simple syrup. Do not rinse the orange peels, simply let the syrup drain from the peels. Then, spread the orange peels out on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Let the orange peels air dry for at least a full 24 hours.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    The day of baking, mix together softened cream cheese, softened butter, and the second amount of stevia in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Next, mix in the egg white, vanilla, and lemon extracts. Mix together the coconut flour and baking powder, then mix this into your cookie batter.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    Chop your candied orange peels into fine pieces. If they are still a little sticky, this is okay for this recipe. Simply spray a knife with pan spray before cutting the candied orange peels. Mix the orange peels into the cookie batter. Once your cookie batter is fully combined, place it in a sheet of parchment paper and roll the cookie batter into a log, about 8-10 inches long.
    Step 6
  • Step 7

    Wrap the parchment paper around your cookie batter and set it in the freezer for at least 3 hours. After the log has frozen, preheat an oven to 325 degrees. Slice your cookie log into 16 cookies and arrange them in a sheet tray.
    Step 7
  • Step 8

    Bake the cookies for 22-25 minutes. The outside will have a slight dark yellow color, and the inside will be creamy white. Enjoy!
    Step 8

Comments 12

  • CathyT927

    CathyT927 2 years ago

    Can the infused simple syrup be stored to use with beverages and if so, what is the expected shelf life?

    • KiraInga

      KiraInga 3 years ago

      The recipe says to use 1/2 cup of stevia for the orange peels, but then the directions say 1 cup. Does anyone know which is correct?

      • Chai

        Chai 4 years ago

        Can I use mandarin peels instead?

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 4 years ago

          Absolutely :)

      • Vixen Marbella

        Vixen Marbella 4 years ago

        I’m going to have a go at making these cookies 🍪 because I have so many oranges to use up at home. But I don’t have “Stevia in the raw”. I have liquid stevia .... how much do I use if this ?

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 4 years ago

          Use 1 tsp liquid stevia per 1 TB stevia in the raw

      • Estate

        Estate 5 years ago

        So delicious! ty for this recipe:) Just made! Do they need To be refrigerated?

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 5 years ago

          No need to refrigerate if they are kept in an airtight container. You could freeze them as well, but bring them to temp in your refrigerator instead of out on a counter. If possible, it would be better to freeze the dough, then thaw and bake fresh when you want cookies. Hope this helps!

        • Estate

          Estate 5 years ago

          Also is it possible to freeze them?

      • 5 years ago

        Lots of work wonder if I can add orange extract instead of the orange peels - of course it will not be as good but maybe flavorful enough?

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 5 years ago

          Your flavor would certainly be there. Omitting the orange peel and extra stevia will also reduce your carbs!

      • Noha

        Noha 5 years ago

        Thank you for this interesting recipe. I wonder if I can use the simple syrup for pancakes? I will definitely try this recipe.