RECIPE: Cranberry & Orange Christmas Biscuits

Christmas is a great time to get baking with your kids. This festive biscuit recipe from Organix is easy to follow and, packed with fruit and nuts, they're a pretty healthy treat, too...

Ingredients 

Biscuits:

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 add some nutty goodness and give the biscuits a lovely, soft texture

For decorating:

Desiccated coconut
Coconut oil or maple syrup 

Cooking time

10 – 30 minutes to prepare

10 – 30 minutes to cook

Makes around 25 biscuits 

Can be frozen – suitable for 10+ months 

How to make them

  • 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.

For more healthy recipes for kids, go to organix.com/recipes

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