It’s no secret that I LOVE Christmas cookies!
However, it perhaps IS a secret that my favourite festive flavour of them all is chocolate orange.
These simple, vegan chocolate orange biscuits are fun to make with kids and decorate with blobs of royal icing!
Perfect enjoyed in front of a family movie marathon!
Chocolate Orange Biscuits
- 200g vegan butter (I used Naturli – only use solid blocks, not spreadable!)
- 1/2 cup sugar of choice (I used golden caster sugar for the colour, but coconut sugar also works if you want to go refined sugar free!)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp apple puree
- Drop edible orange oil, to taste
- 3/4 cup ground almonds
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 tbsp arrowroot
- Zest one orange
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- For decorating: melted white chocolate or vegan Royal icing
- Beat together the butter, sugar and maple syrup until light and fluffy (a few minutes), then add the orange oil and apple puree.
- In a large bowl, mix together the spelt flour, ground almonds, arrowroot, cacao, orange zest, cinnamon and salt. Then very gently fold in the butter mixture until just combined. Bring the dough into a ball with your hands, then divide into two and place in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight.
- Unroll two large sheets of baking paper, then sprinkle one lightly with flour (this prevents the dough from sticking). Now, roll out half of your dough sandwiched between the two baking paper sheets. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Repeat with the other half of dough.
- Place back in the fridge for half an hour, then preheat your oven to 180C and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
- Once the cookies have been in the fridge for half an hour, arrange on the baking paper with slight gaps between (they don’t spread too much) and bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
- Once the cookies have cooled, decorate with royal icing and enjoy!