Cranberry & Orange Christmas Biscuits
- 10-30 minutes to prepare
- 10-30 minutes to cook
- Makes around 25 biscuits, depending on the size of the cutter
- Can be frozen
- How to make
200g plain flour*
½ tsp baking powder
60g unsalted cold butter
Zest of one orange
50g dried cranberries
60ml orange juice
*half the flour can be replaced with ground almonds if you like to give a lovely soft texture
Coconut oil or maple syrup
How to make
Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4
In a large bowl, mix the baking powder into the flour, then rub in the butter with your fingertips, or pulse together in a food processor
Add in the orange zest and cranberries, and combine thoroughly (for a better distribution of the cranberries, chop them up a little smaller). Add the orange juice a little at a time and mix in to create a dough which should be smooth but not sticky, add a little extra juice or flour to correct as needed
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, then cut out Christmas shapes with cutters of your choice. You can also add a hole, using a straw, so that the biscuits can be hung from the tree
Use a palette knife to carefully lift the biscuit shapes off the worktop and onto a lined baking sheet. Re-roll the leftover dough and cut out more shapes. Let your little ones choose their favourite shapes, and have a go at cutting out their own
Bake for around 10-15 minutes, or until just golden - keep a watchful eye - they can burn very quickly. Transfer to a cooling rack and wait as long as you can before nibbling!
You can add a little decoration to the top of the biscuits if you like. Simply spread the top of each biscuit with a little maple syrup or coconut oil, then press sticky side down into a pile of desiccated coconut, for a fantastic 'snowy' topping!
- Gluten ingredients
- Dairy ingredients
These biscuits will taste all the more rewarding to your little ones, knowing that they made them!
Keep in an air tight container for up to 4-5 days or freeze on day of baking for up to a month. They can be defrosted in less than an hour.
If you made little holes in the top, thread with ribbon, tie a knot and hang on the tree for the children to find. These biscuits do tend to go a little soft if not kept in an air tight tin - so hang them on the tree at the last minute... they won't be there long, once the children discover them! You could use coconut butter instead of dairy butter if you like, for a vegan alternative.