Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m beginning to see a bit of a trend with my food posts, they all seem to be biscuits, cakes or puddings!I like to think that’s because they are the most appealing recipes rather than I eat more sugar than health-food but I’m beginning to wonder.

It doesn’t help having children of course. I’d rather bake and give my 7-year-old home-baked biscuits than rubbish stuffed full of aspartame and trans-fats. Still, it isn’t doing my waistline any favours, especially when the biscuits are THIS delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 250g/9oz butter
  • 150g/5.5oz caster sugar
  • 300g/10oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 50g chocolate chips

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/Gas 4/fan oven 160 degrees.
  • Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  • Stir in flour, orange zest and milk and mix well
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix gently
  • Divide the mixture into 18 portions and put flattened balls of cookie dough on your baking sheets, leaving room for the biscuits to ‘spread’ in the oven
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  • Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets then remove to a wire rack to cool and crisp up.

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Honey I shrunk the kid

Giant Bourbon biscuit

Either my son’s shrinking or biscuits are getting bigger…

Actually this is a Giant Bourbon Biscuit which they’re selling at Waitrose at the moment. How fabulous is that? They also do oversize Custard Creams, Jammy Dodgers and Iced Rings and wow, they’re good! Just the ticket for a Friday afternoon with a cup of tea!

Parmesan Dinosaur Biscuits

Cheesy parmesan dinosaur biscuits

Why don’t shop-bought biscuits ever taste this good?

It’s easy to forget that you can make savoury biscuits for kids too. As long as you remember to point out that they’re CHEESY biscuits so that the kids don’t expect them to taste sugary, then these will be a big hit.

It was the dinosaur footprints which sealed the deal for my 7 year old, especially when he realized it was one of his dinosaurs which had made the footprints when I wasn’t looking (I just DON’T know how those footprints got there, what a NAUGHTY dinosaur!) Even though he’s 7 and is MUCH too old for that sort of thing, he still giggled and then wolfed them down.

They scored an impressive 9 and a half out of 10 apparently. I was later told they would have scored 10/10 but he wasn’t sure about eating the footprints even though I promised they really were Marmite (he’s not so relaxed about the whole dirt idea).

The great thing about these biscuits is that they’re tasty enough for grown-ups too. They’re light and buttery and rich and crumbly and oh so very moreish! Just serve with a glass of red wine instead of a cup of juice.

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter (room temperature)
  • 80g Parmesan cheese (fresh and finely grated)
  • 100g plain flour
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Marmite to make the footprints (optional)

Put the butter, Parmesan, flour, salt and pepper in a mixer until it comes together to form a loose dough.

Turn the dough into a lightly floured surface and roll out until about 5mm thick. Don’t knead or overwork it, just press together into a ball and then roll.

Cut out rounds using a floured biscuit cutter (I used the top of a jam jar approx 4cm across).

Place the biscuits on baking tray and then have some fun. First the toy dinosaur needs to stamp in a puddle of Marmite, then he needs to carefully press his footprints into the surface of the biscuit dough.

It would probably wise to wash the dinosaur first, although I don’t want to sound like I’m lecturing you on hygiene. After all I’m a firm believer that a bit of dirt will do their immune systems good, so wash and disinfect the dinosaur at your discretion…

Bake for around 8 minutes at 180 degrees C.

Cool on a wire rack

Cheesy parmesan dinosaur biscuits Cheesy parmesan dinosaur biscuits