Cinnamon Biscuits (Cookies) with Dried Cranberries and Tangerine
For me, these Cinnamon Biscuits (Cookies) are pretty much the flavour of Christmas. There is something about the combination of cinnamon, citrus and cranberries which is the very essence of the festive season.
I make these Cinnamon Biscuits (Cookies) during the Christmas and New Year holidays but they are pretty good at anytime of the year. They consist of a simple shortbread biscuit combined with dried cranberries and flavoured with cinnamon and tangerine zest. They are topped with a fresh citrus icing made with tangerine juice.
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What you need to know about this recipe
- First off, as with all biscuit (cookie) recipes, it is really quick and easy. The biscuits can be out of the oven in half an hour.
- However, you do need to make sure that the biscuits (cookies) don’t burn. It is worth checking them after they have been in the oven for 10 minutes (step 8).
- I generally add icing to these biscuits as I like the extra flavour that you get from using the tangerine juice. It also makes them look a bit more festive particularly if you decorate with a dried cranberry. However, if you are short of time or don’t particularly like icing, you don’t need to ice them. They will still taste pretty good!
- I like using dried cranberries in this recipe as they are associated with Christmas and also because I love their sweet-sour flavour and ruby red colour. However, you can substitute the same quantity of any dried fruit – raisins, sultanas, currants – if you prefer. You can also leave the dried fruit out altogether if you wish.
Other festive sauces and accompaniments
The festive season is a great time to do a bit of baking. I have a lot of great baking recipes for easy biscuits (cookies), cakes and desserts. I also have a few recipes for easy, home-made sauces and accompaniments that can take a festive meal to the next level. If you are preparing a special festive meal for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year you might like to try some of my other recipes for drinks, snacks, accompaniments and desserts. They are very easy and are a great way to create a celebratory festive feast!
- All the best celebrations start with a few drinks and nibbles. Instead of buying ready-made snacks, why not try making crisp and savoury Cheese Biscuits , Spiced Roasted Nuts or Moroccan-style Dukkah? If you want something a bit more substantial, you could try my Marinated Feta, Smoked Salmon Pate or Butternut Squash Hummus.
- To accompany your main course, in addition to this Vegetarian Stuffing, you might like my home-made Cranberry Sauce and Bread Sauce. They really are very simple to make and so much better than shop-bought alternatives.
- If you are looking for a vegetarian alternative for your main course, my Mushroom and Chestnut Pies are a really good option. I make these every year for my vegetarian guests and a number of them tend to get eaten by the non-vegetarians!
- Some of my favourite festive dessert alternatives to Christmas Pudding include Cranberry Pavlova, Cranberry Ice Cream, Banoffee Pie, Lime Cheesecake and Rhubarb Roulade.
- No festive celebration is complete without some warm and fragrant Mince Pies made with home-made vegetarian Mincemeat.
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Other easy biscuit and cookie recipes
Biscuits and cookie recipes are a great place to start if you are new to home-baking. Even if you are a more experienced cook, it is great to have a few biscuit recipes in your repertoire. They are quick and easy to make and taste so much better than shop-bought varieties. You can have home-baked treats on the table in under an hour.
Shortbread is one of the easiest baking recipes. I have a number of shortbread recipes including Almond Shortbread with Rosewater, Shortbread with White Chocolate and Raspberries and Lavender Shortbread. I also have a very simple recipe for crisp and buttery Lemon Biscuits (Cookies). My recipe for Ginger Biscuits (Cookies) is oaty and mildly spiced. My recipe for sweet Thyme Biscuits (Cookies) with Pinenuts is a bit more unusual but just as easy to make. If you are looking for something savoury, I have an extremely moreish recipe for Cheese Biscuits (Cookies).
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Recipe for Cinnamon Biscuits (Cookies) with Dried Cranberries and TangerinePrint
These quick and easy Cinnamon Biscuits (Cookies), flavoured with tangy tangerine and dried cranberries, are a brilliant seasonal treat.
- 150 g (6 oz) plain flour
- 100 g (4 oz) butter
- 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 tangerines
- 25 g (1 oz) dried cranberries plus a few more to decorate
- 100 g (4 oz) icing sugar
- Set the oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas Mark 3
- Put the flour and butter into a bowl and rub together using your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively, process in a food processor.
- Add the sugar, ground cinnamon and the grated zest of the tangerines. Stir to combine and then add the dried cranberries.
- Squeeze the mixture together with your hands until it forms a soft dough.
- Roll the dough out to approximately 1 cm (half an inch) thickness.
- Cut into circles or other shapes if you wish.
- Place the circles on a baking tray lined with baking parchment or grease-proof paper.
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden.
- Remove from the oven and transfer the the biscuits to a cooling rack.
- Make the icing by mixing the juice of the two tangerines with the icing sugar.
- When the biscuits are completely cold, put a teaspoon of icing on each one and top with a dried cranberry.
Keywords: biscuits, cookies, Christmas, cinnamon, cranberries