Cranberry Orange Biscuits
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Oh so yummy! These biscuits are full of bits of dried cranberry and golden raisins and drizzled with an orange glaze when they are hot from the oven.
Recipe type: Dessert | Biscuits | Egg-Free
Serves: 15 to 18 Biscuits
Small amount of flour for the pastry board
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼ to ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¾ cup milk (preferably whole milk)
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ cups confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • About 1 tablespoon half and half or heavy cream Tip: you can use all orange juice or a combination of orange juice plus cream.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare one large baking sheet; line with parchment paper, or line with a non-stick baking mat.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon; whisk together to mix.
  2. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut shortening and butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cranberries and golden raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, stir the milk and orange juice together. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until mixed.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board. Sprinkle the top of the dough lightly with flour to cut down on the stickiness. Shape and pat the dough into a rough circle about ¾ inches thick.
  5. Use a floured 2 inch round cookie cutter Cut into wedges, squares or circles with a floured kitchen knife and place them 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Tip: Use a drinking glass in place of a cookie cutter to make circles, or cut into squares or wedges with a knife. Dip the edges of the cutter in flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Do not pat the edges of the biscuit down; instead leave the cuts as sharp as possible to allow the biscuit to rise in layers.
  6. Bake: Bake 18 minutes or until the biscuits are very lightly browned. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire cooling rack.
  1. In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, and cream, adding enough juice or cream to make a good drizzling consistency; stir to mix.
  2. Drizzle glaze over the still hot biscuits. Tip: Pour glaze into a small plastic sandwich bag, trim off the corner, and drizzle over the biscuits.
Recipe Notes
Pan: One Large Baking Sheet Pan Prep: Parchment Lined Oven Temp: 400° Storage: cool place or room temperature
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