I had an orange and some dried cranberries left over from Christmas cookery stuff and I wanted to turn them into some biscuits but I couldn't find a cranberry and orange biscuit recipe that I liked so I got my Joliver on and I made up my own. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out so I made a note of my recipe and I thought I'd share it with you lot too.
Cranberry & Orange Cookies
Makes about 16-20
110g softened unsalted butter
100g caster sugar (I used golden caster sugar)
50g soft dark brown sugar
150g plain flour
1/2 beaten large free range egg
100g dried cranberries
Zest and juice of one orange
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl mix the softened butter and sugars with an electric whisk until creamy and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix in.
Add one teaspoon of grated orange zest and two tablespoons of the orange juice and mix again.
Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. The mixture will be quite thick so you might need to switch from the electric whisk to a wooden spoon at this point.
Add the cranberries and make sure they're mixed in really well and are evenly distributed.
Roll heaped teaspoons of the cookie mix into balls and place onto a baking paper-lined baking tray. I put about six biscuits on one tray. You need to space them well as they do spread.
Bake in the oven at 180°C (160°C for fan ovens) for about twelve to fifteen minutes until the edges are golden. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.
The cookies will crisp up as they cool but they should have a nice soft, chewy centre.