Sunday, 10 February 2013

Spiced Orange Cookies...

 How do you like your cookies, a couple of bites or a treat that lasts a few moments longer? I've adapted my own recipe from several others over the years and thought you may like to enjoy them too. These soft, sweet cookies are simple to make and as they use cup measures are great for the children to join in and help out too.

First decide if you want to make a regular batch (approx 30 smaller cookies) or a giant batch (50-60 smaller cookies), you then select your cup size.

Childs Cup - smaller batch
Mug - giant batch

Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees, 170 fan

Line baking trays (I love the silicone sheets that you can get from the foil section of the supermarket - just add them to the washing up bowl afterwards and they're all set to go again)

Ingredients for melting in a microwave safe bowl, melt on high for a minute then stir until smooth

2 cups Caster or Golden Caster Sugar
1 1/2 cups Butter
1/2 cup Syrup (I like to use Treacle too)

Ingredients to add to melted mix (I use the same bowl, yay no extra washing up)

1 or 2 Large Eggs (2 if making a giant batch)
5 cups Self Raising Flour (I have used both white or wholemeal to great results)
2 teaspoons Mixed Spice (double if using mug)
2 drops Orange Essence (double if using mug)

Add all the dry ingredients - this is a good point to add dried fruit/choc drops etc if you want to, 1 of your measuring cups would be plenty.

Give it all a good stir and it should come together to a sticky dough, you don't have to wait for the mixture to chill before using.

Dollop 12 teaspoons / 6 tablespoons of mixture onto your lined tray. Don't be tempted to do more as they will spread quite a lot in the oven.

Bake them for 5 or 7 minutes respectively, they should only just be turning golden brown and nice and puffed up. If they stay in for much longer, you'll have a crunchy biscuit instead of a gooey cookie.

Within a couple of minutes they will have sunken and look like the picture below - wait til they're completely cool to transfer to an airtight container where they keep for at least a week.
Enjoy x


  1. Replies
    1. They're just a bit too easy to make, glad I gave up biscuits for lent or there would be many more!


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