Festive Spice Biscuits

  • Vegetarian


100g unsalted butter, softened
80g golden caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp extra for sprinkling
1 orange, zest
1 egg
200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
¼ tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
25g ground almonds
25g chopped mixed peel
50g currants


1. Using electric beaters, cream together the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes, until pale and fluffy, then beat in the orange zest and egg. Sift the fl our, baking powder, spice and a pinch of salt over the top, then add the remaining ingredients and mix everything together to an even dough. Flatten into a puck, wrap in cling fi l m and chill for at least 1 hour, or until firm.

2. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Using festive cutters, stamp out biscuits and transfer to a parchment- lined baking sheet. Re-roll any scraps until you have about 30-40 biscuits.

3. Sprinkle the biscuits with the extra 2 tbsp sugar and bake, in batches, for 15-18 minutes (depending on size), until crisp and lightly golden. Cool on the trays for 3 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

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  • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus chilling
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes, plus chilling

Makes: about 30-40

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 506kJ
Fat 5.4g
Saturated Fat 2.9g
Carbohydrate 16.3g
Sugars 8.5g
Protein 1.7g
Salt 0.1g
Fibre 0.5g

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This recipe was first published in Sun Nov 01 12:07:00 GMT 2015.