Spiced Orange Shortbread {Vegan}

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These spiced orange shortbread cookies are a good make head Christmas biscuits and also work as edible Christmas gifts

orange spiced shortbread recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

I don’t know about you but I am always a little bit rushed on Christmas day.

There is the fun rush. Getting breakfast into children so that they can go and play with their cousins, getting everything shipshape because someone is coming for drinks, hurrying from one party to another, etc.

Then there is the slightly more stressed kind of rush. Remembering that the main present for one cousin has to be got from a depot 5 miles away, going to the inevitable bunfight at the shops to get enough milk to last, washing up before the next round of dirty things and then washing up again.

orange spiced shortbread recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

So I decided this year to prepare one of the desserts early. So I did a whole month early. And the preparation was a pretty useful “it is raining, the children are bored and I can’t just chuck them into the garden” kind of job. So useful in two ways.

That is the beauty of this spiced orange shortbread recipe. You make the dough (kiddoes love helping with all the Christmas baking), eat about a quarter of the dough whilst you roll it and cut out the biscuits and then you freeze them. Job done.

orange spiced shortbread recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

So Christmas day, tea time. You need something (but not too much, still full from lunch and supper to look forward to). Do a cookie run – all the way to the kitchen. Chuck some of these in the oven. 12 mins later out come some lovely, warm, shortbread, smelling of oranges and mixed spice. Perfect (unless of course the dog jumps up and knocks over the baking tray as happened last year).

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Spiced Orange Shortbread

Easy dessert with these spiced orange shortbread cookies.
Cook Time12 minutes
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 250 g (8.8oz) dairy free softened butter (or regular butter if not vegan)
  • 100 g (3.5oz) caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 3 oranges
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 250 g (8.8oz) plain flour
  • 125 g (4.4oz) rice flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice


  • Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream together using an electric hand mixer till the mixture is light and fluffy. Mix in the orange zest and juice. Then sift in the flours, salt and mixed spice and mix until you get a soft dough. If the dough is a little bit sticky then add in a tbsp or two of flour.
  • Split the dough into two and shape each one into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1hr minimum.
  • Preheat oven to fan assisted 150C / 170C / 325F / gas 3.
  • Take the first bit of dough from the fridge, roll it out on a lightly floured surface till it is about 6mm thick and then cut into your desired shapes (I use a 6cm diameter cutter) and lay on a lined baking sheet. Quickly scoop up the excess of dough re shape roll out and cut again. Repeat with the second disc of dough. You can freeze some of the cut shortbread at this stage.
  • Bake the shortbread for between 10-12 mins until they are lightly golden.
  • Let the shortbread cool on the tray for about 10 mins before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for a few days.
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Adapted from Delicious Magazine Dec 2013.

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  1. Yup, you’ve definitely made me want these for Christmas tea now!! We usually have posh cheese and biscuits, but some of this for dessert certainly wouldn’t go amiss. 🙂

  2. I love the prepare-ahead-ness of this! What a great idea. Now I want to fill my freezer with them so I can bake fresh cookies at a moment’s notice 🙂

  3. It sounds like you have the big day well planned out for the little stressors and the big stressors, Bintu! These sound great and would go wonderful with a spicy drink. Now, I’m wanting some orange shortbread cookies! LOL…to the dog jumping up and knocking the tray over! 🙂

  4. These cookies sound delightful Bintu. Packed full of festive flavour and I’m loving the fact the dough can be made in advance. Perfect.

  5. The last time I attempted to make shortbread, went horribly wrong and tasted really odd, not even sure why but the outside looked perfectly fine, in the middle it was a bit gooey x

  6. Shortbread is my all time favourite biscuit, it’s so versatile. Getting organised well ahead as you’ve done is something I keep promising myself, but somehow just doesn’t seem to happen. The biscuits sound scrumptious and what could be more Christmassy than orange and spice.