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    Festive Spice Biscuits

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

    Makes: about 30-40


    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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