Crispy Clementine Cookies

Crispy Clementine Cookies - Fab Food 4 AllEvery Christmas since my twenties I have been baking these Crispy Clementine Cookies which I adapted from an orange based recipe in my mother’s old 1970 cookbook called Super Scoff. I posted these cookies in my first year of blogging and looking back at the photographs I decided it was high time for a refresh as these cookies really deserve to shine. Oranges and Clementines are an integral part of Christmas for me, I remember as a child putting my orange peel over the flame of a candle just to enjoy the heady Christmasy aroma that mingled with smell of pine from the Christmas tree and the many candle decorations my mum used to make. Not a year went by without blocks of oasis being bought and holly and pine fronds being gathered and made into arrangements with a candle and a bauble of two. I don’t share my mum’s floristry skills but luckily the culinary genes were passed on!

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So yesterday I baked a batch Crispy Clementine Cookies and popped them into our gold cherub adorned Christmas cake tin. As soon as my daughter came home from school she saw the tin on the worktop and remarked that she remembered this tin as it once had Crispy Clementine Cookies in it! I told her to open it and you’ve never seen such a beaming smile. A glass of milk and a cookie were quickly devoured. Later my son turned up in the kitchen and on seeing the cookies said “Yay, I love these” before tucking in! Isn’t it great how food and memories can spread such joy.

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In the past we used to put these biscuits into little home made cellophane bags (small roasting bags) and tied with a red ribbon along with a label for my kids’ teachers (my daughter loved making the dough and cutting the shapes). I also remember taking along a tin to my son’s toddler group mums’ meeting when we spent the evening wrapping presents and organising the group’s Christmas party. So these Crispy Clementine Cookies have become a very important part of our Christmas tradition and I hope that when my kids eventually leave home they will carry on the tradition-)

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I do hope you bake these cookies this Christmas as they so simple and easy to make and the crispy sugar topping makes them extra yummy! Do you bake biscuits at Christmas, do let me know in the comments! I asked some fellow bloggers what they like to bake at this time of year and here are their ideas:

Orange Cinnamon & Chocolate Chip Cookies – Sew White
Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Stars – Supper in the Suburbs
Orange Chocolate Truffle-centred Cookies – Family Friends Food
Christmas Butter Biscuits – Tin & Thyme
Danish Vanilla Wreaths – Fab Food 4 All

For old times sake here are a couple of pictures from my original post  4 years ago – you can see why they needed updating!

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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: 44
  • Grated zest 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 3 large baking sheets lightly with butter (you’ll need to bake in 3 batches). If you don't have ample baking sheets then just wash up as you go along and re grease.
  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 4mm thick.
  7. Cut out the cookies with Christmas shaped cookie cutters.
  8. Place cookies on baking tray allowing enough space for them to spread, brush with egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  9. Bake in the centre of the oven 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. Helen Moulden

    Looks delicious! I’m going to adapt it to do for spring/summer too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, no reason to not enjoy them all year round:-)

  2. Richard Eldred Hawes

    You always know its Christmas when you can see and smell Clementines

    1. Camilla

      That’s so true, love them:-)

  3. Iga @ Dietmap

    crispy cookies is my favorite! These sound perfect for me! <3

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they are fab:-)

  4. William Gould

    Yes, it’s not often you see orange flavoured biscuits and they are very nice! It’s usually always lemon for some reason!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks William:-)

  5. A S,Edinburgh

    I rarely bake biscuits, I just lack a lot of confidence with that really. I should practice more, I don’t think there’s anything else for it. These look wonderful!

    1. Camilla

      These are dead easy to make so a great recipe to get your confidence with, just be careful not to burn in the oven!

  6. Amy Fidler

    Bet these are delicious x

    1. Camilla

      They really are Amy:-)

  7. Kavey

    Really really like the look of these – clementines are my favourite citrus and I eat kilos through the winter season. I am passing this on to Pete with a huge hint to make some for me!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, I’m going to have to make some more as they all went at my Birthday tea yesterday:-)

  8. kellie@foodtoglow

    What wonderful memories for your own childhood but also that you’ve made firm memories for your children. What a lovely, simple and festive baking recipe – to eat and give. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kellie, yes Christmas memories are the best:-)

  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    These sound FANTASTIC Camilla! I love clementines but have never thought of using them to flavour a biscuit. Bet they’re delish.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, I’m going to have to bake another batch as most of them got eaten at my birthday tea yesterday:-)

  10. Claire Jessiman

    Super Scoff is such a fantastic name for a cookbook – very retro! I’ve never tried grating the peel on a clementine but love the sound of these cookies so shall have to give it a go.

    1. Camilla

      LOL Claire, I knew there was something I meant to update, should really say grated zest:-)

  11. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    These look delicious – I love anything citrussy. Love the sparkly sugar on the top!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Helen-)

  12. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    Feeling totally inspired 🙂 Clementines always make me think of Christmas yet I’ve never thought to bake with them before. Genius!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emma, they work so well in these cookies-)

  13. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    I remember my mum getting out the oasis every year and making our wreath and table centrepiece. I’m not very into floristry either, but luckily she makes us them every year.
    These cookies look great and I hope that your kids carry on the tradition of them. Traditions are so important at Christmas.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, hopefully they will carry on the tradition:-) Love that your mum made centre pieces with oasis too:-)

  14. Choclette

    You’ve really got me in the mood for biscuit baking now. These sound gorgeous Camilla and it’s great to have a Christmas baking tradition to pass on. Maybe it’s just me, but I quite like your old photos.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette, glad to put you in the Christmas baking mood:-) I did pick the better ones to leave in LOL, the one on my hob with my kitchen tiles on display wasn’t good-)

  15. Dom

    so cute! Love how crunchy and frosted they look!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Dom, they have a lovely crispy, crunchy bite to them:-)

  16. Paul Wilson

    A nice gift.

  17. bev

    how festive

  18. 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:=)

  19. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous biscuits the family love them

  20. Paul Wilson

    Almost time to start thinking about Christmas presents again.

  21. Carolyn Clapham

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

  22. Heather Haigh

    These sound lovelly.

  23. Ursula Hunt

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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:-)

  26. 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:-)

  27. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe I love homemade biscuits

  28. 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;-)

  29. Paul Wilson

    Looks lovely and seasonal.

    1. Camilla

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

  30. 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


  31. 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:-)

  32. 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:-)

  33. Lisa Rowsell

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

  34. 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:-)

  35. 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:-)

  36. 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!

  37. 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:-)

  38. 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:-)

  39. 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!

  40. 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:-)

  41. 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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