Crispy Clementine Cookies

To me Christmas and oranges are inseparable, so when I discovered a Crispy Orange Biscuit recipe in my mother’s Super Scoff cookbook it became my Christmas biscuit and had to be cut into festive shapes. The book was a collection of peoples favourite recipes from 1970 and was sold to raise money for the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs. This particular recipe which I have adapted slightly was submitted by a Mrs J Little of Shipston-on-Stour. I decided to ring the changes this year and use Clementines and so the Crispy Clementine Cookie was born! My daughter and I had great fun making these the other night as gifts for her teachers! A trainee teacher on Twitter said she’d be very happy to receive them as a gift from one of her pupils and my daughter said her teachers were all impressed that she’d baked for them!

My husband can’t keep his fingers out of the biscuit tin so I think I’ll be making a second batch before Christmas!

As these cookies are made from scratch I am entering them into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays challenge. I am also entering them into Calendar Cakes Christmas challenge hosted by Dolly Bakes and Laura Loves Cakes.

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So first you rub your butter & flour in together before adding sugar, grated rind & egg yolks.

Mix together to form a dough.

Roll out to 1/4″ thick.

Now cut out festive shapes.

Glaze with egg white and sprinkle with sugar before baking.

Cool for a few minutes before cooling on a rack.

Once cool store in an air tight container.

These cookies make lovely festive gifts!

Don’t tell anyone, but we didn’t have any cellophane bags so improvised using roasting bags!

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Crispy Clementine Cookies
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A buttery, Clementine infused biscuit with a crispy sugar glaze, perfect for Christmas.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: English
Serves: 36
  • Grated rind of 4 large clementines or 1 orange & 2 clementines
  • 140g / 5 oz Butter
  • 2 Eggs, large separated
  • 225g / 8 oz Self raising flour
  • 140g / 5 oz Castor sugar
  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Grease 2 baking sheets lightly with butter (you’ll need to bake in 2 batches).
  3. Sieve the flour and rub in the butter.
  4. Add the sugar and grated rind.
  5. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg yolks.
  6. Halve the dough and roll out to ¼” thick.
  7. Cut out the cookies with a 1 ½” cutter or Christmas shapes.
  8. Place cookies on baking tray allowing enough space for them to spread, brush with egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  9. Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes until slightly golden. Take care as they burn easily!
  10. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  11. Then repeat process with the other half of the dough.

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  1. Paul Wilson

    A nice gift.

  2. bev

    how festive

  3. Anne Dalzell

    I’m so with you, i love the smell of orange particularly at Christmas. i even make brine for the turkey that contains cider and orange. What a great tip too about using the roasting bags!!x

    1. Camilla

      Yes I think I’ve wrapped more food than I’ve roasted in those bags LOL:=)

  4. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous biscuits the family love them

  5. Paul Wilson

    Almost time to start thinking about Christmas presents again.

  6. Carolyn Clapham

    Those sound lovely. I won’t be waiting until Christmas comes around again to try them 🙂

  7. Heather Haigh

    These sound lovelly.

  8. Ursula Hunt

    I love homemade biscuits, could do them in heart shapes etc for tomorrow

  9. Tracy Alder-Ashwin

    I’m going to have to make some of these this weekend with the kiddies. Am thinking lots of hearts and kisses for Valentine’s Day gifts. Thanks for the inspiration to get me back in the kitchen.

  10. K Mayers

    I know Christmas has gone but the idea of clementines added to the mix for these makes me think we could have them anytime somehow. Either way, I can’t wait to try them out!

    1. Camilla

      It’s not technically a Christmas recipe but that is what I have made it into in my house:-)

  11. Tracy Nixon

    Yummy – makes me feel Christmassy all over again AND Eastery all at the same time! So great!

    1. Camilla

      They are good but I only make them at Christmas which has no logic what so ever:-)

  12. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe I love homemade biscuits

  13. Lisa Williams

    I cant wait to make these amd get myself in a Christmas mood, then eat them all hehe

    1. Camilla

      Fab, it doesn’t feel like Christmas until I’ve made these each year;-)

  14. Paul Wilson

    Looks lovely and seasonal.

    1. Camilla

      Thank, they are gorgeous, I’ve made them every Christmas since I discovered the recipe:-)

  15. Tracy Nixon

    I’m going to bake some cookies for my kids to take to school on Friday as they are raising money for Children in need. This recipe would be lovely!

    1. Camilla


  16. Maya Russell

    I think that’s an excellent idea for gifts. Just need to souce the cellophane bags & ribbon.

    1. Camilla

      I use Aldi’s roasting bags, much cheaper than cellophane bags I’m sure:-)

  17. Tracy Nixon

    With the kids off this week and the weather being so poor, I might give this cookie recipe a go!!! The kids love baking – just need to teach them how to clean up afterwards!

    1. Camilla

      It’s a great project for kids, my daughter loved making these:-)

  18. Lisa Rowsell

    They look, and sound really yummy. I think I’ll have to have a go at baking these very soon.

  19. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    I thought I’d already visited these but must have viewed on my phone and meant to come back later. They sound very festive! Thanks for submitting them to the cookie parade!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you for letting my cookies pass the grade as they aren’t really a decoration:-)

  20. Laura Loves Cakes

    Such lovely little festive biscuits…and the clementine sounds delicious! Love the Christmassy shapes too…and I’d love to receive these as a gift! Thanks for entering Calendar Cakes this week 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I wasn’t sure whether to enter but saw the other cookies so gave it a go:-)

  21. Ruth Crawford

    I made these with My toddler this morning, so easy and yummy! Her little friends are all getting a wee bag of cookies today! Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Ah that’s fantastic, thank you so much for the feed back and I’m glad you enjoyed them:-) Have a Happy Christmas!

  22. Caroline Taylor

    These sound so good, really festive!

    1. Camilla

      Yes, so good that I’m going to have to knock up another batch! Thank you for stopping by – Happy Christmas:-)

  23. Mich Piece of Cake

    These cookies look yummy! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Camilla! Have a wonderful time with your family.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you Mich and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with your family:-)

  24. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    What a lovely Christmas present! Really thoughtful and creative. Lucky teacher I’d say 🙂
    BTW, the roasting bag works really well – would never have known!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jacqueline. Yes it was far more satisfying than shopping for something and my daughter really enjoyed rolling the dough and cutting out all the festive shapes! Plus it was good to find something to do with my Aldi roasting bags which were laying redundant in the drawer!

  25. Hannah@HomeBaked

    Ooh, these look right up my street – thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you for taking the time to comment as I know we are all so busy right now:-)

  26. Javelin Warrior

    These cookies are so cute and SOOO crispy! I love the addition of clementine to the recipe and I can almost taste the delicate citrus flavor. And feel them crunch 😉 A wonderful addition for the holidays and thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Mark, it’s always a pleasure:-)

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