Orange drop biscuits

    30 min

    These cake-like biscuits are flavoured with orange zest and topped with a lovely orange icing. They're especially nice round Christmas and when oranges are in season.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 135g margarine
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 125ml orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Icing
    • 250g icing sugar
    • 30g butter
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease baking trays.
    2. Mix together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir 125ml orange juice and 1 teaspoon zest into the flour mixture.
    3. Cream margarine and caster sugar together. Mix egg into the sugar mixture thoroughly. Slowly blend flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased trays.
    4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
    5. Make the icing: Mix icing sugar and 30g butter together until smooth. Pour 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange zest into the sugar and butter mixture, mix well. When the biscuits have cooled spread the icing generously over the tops of the biscuits.

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    A lovely tender biscuit! Very simple to make as well. I did make three small changes--1) more sugar in the biscuit dough, 2) less orange juice, used only 60 ml. 3) made half the icing. Less sugar on top, more in the biscuits themselves. Auntem50  -  05 May 2012


    Quick, easy recipe. Tasted surprisingly nice.  -  04 Apr 2012


    After reading other reviews about how the cookies spread out strangely, I made the dough into small balls and cooked them in batches of 6 as I tested sizes, I made the balls of dough slightly bigger until they were at a decent size and I could start with larger batches. My husband took them to work for his coworkers (along with Mrs. Siggs Snickerdoodles) and they were an absolute hit. They were thick and moist as some reviewers complained (personally I rather liked it, it was a nice change from the other Christmas cookies I made this year), but the frosting was a very nice touch (and very pretty as well!). I also followed another reviewer's advice and did not mix the zest in with the frosting but sprinkled it on after I had frosted the cookies: it made a very pretty and colorful presentation. I will definitely be making these again.  -  08 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)