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...
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
Coconut oil or maple syrup
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