I’m no expert baker, but there are a handful of simple recipes that I enjoy having a go at. This biscuit recipe is quick, simple and easy to follow, and doesn’t require many ingredients at all. I like that the recipe is versatile; if you don’t fancy making orange biscuits you could try it with different flavours such as vanilla or chocolate.
I use wholemeal flour to make the biscuits as it’s not only healthier than white flour but, in my opinion, it makes the biscuits taste better and gives them a thicker texture. In the past, I’ve made these biscuits as gifts and they look sweet placed in an old coffee jar with a piece of pretty ribbon tied round them. The biscuits take under an hour to make and trust me, if I can make them, you can too!
What you’ll need (makes 12 biscuits):
- 100g butter, softened
- 50g unrefined golden caster sugar
- 175g wholemeal plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Zest of 1 small orange
- 6 tbsp icing sugar
- 3 tsp fresh orange juice
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5.
- Mix the sugar together with the softened butter until it’s creamy and light, then add in the orange zest. Stir in the baking powder until it’s fully mixed in.
- Stir the flour into the mixture (only add a bit at a time) and mix together until a dough forms. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little extra flour.
- Divide the mixture into 12 balls and press them down with a rolling pin to flatten them a little. Use your chosen cookie cutter to cut biscuit shapes out of the dough (any excess can be used to make extra biscuits).
- Place the biscuits on a flat baking tray lined with non-stick baking parchment. Chill the biscuits in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Once chilled, bake the biscuits in the middle of the oven for 12-15 minutes until they turn a light golden colour.
- Leave the biscuits on the baking tray for two minutes to cool, then with a palette knife move them to cool fully on a cooling rack.
- To make the icing, mix the icing sugar and orange juice together in a bowl (add a little more orange juice if needed). Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and use a thin nozzle to decorate your biscuits. Finish off the decoration with a little orange zest and a sprinkle of icing sugar if you like!