Halloween biscuits! Refined-sugar free

It is well and truly Autumn. We have cracked out the jumpers and I suddenly have the urge to eat butternut squash, oranges and cinnamon all the time. More importantly! It is Halloween. One of my favourite times of year (as it is the day before my birthday). I have many fond memories of Halloween parties with my little buddies.

But, there were lots and lots of sugary treats involved when I did Halloween as a kid. As you guys know, I don’t object to sugar – it has it’s place for special treats and celebrations. But, with Halloween being such a sugar filled time of year, it is good to be able to cut it out where you can. These biscuits use orange and just 1tsp honey to sweeten, making them refined sugar free AND they contain fruit. Yay!

The recipe makes 10 biscuits, which sandwich into 5…more than enough for us. But if you are baking for a crowd you may want to double up. Also, if making for under 1s…sub the honey for maple syrup.

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Orange Halloween Pumpkin Biscuits

Recipe:

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  • 100g plain flour
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 1 orange
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ginger
  • 1tsp honey (or maple syrup for under 1’s)
  • 100g frozen berries (whatever you fancy – I’ve done blackcurrants and a forest fruit mix and both worked well)
  • 2tsp chia seeds

Method

Preheat over to 170c fan.

Zest (or grate) your orange peel into the flour with your cinnamon and ginger. Rub your butter into the flour. Add honey and the juice of 1/2 the orange into your mix and bring into a ball. If your orange is large you might not need that much liquid so squeeze a bit at a time!

Roll flat and cut out your shapes. I got 10 from this dough but this will expend on your cutter. If you don’t have a pumpkin shape you could easily use a round one and shape a little stalk with a knife.

Using your best artistic licence…cut a Jack o’ Lantern face into half of your cookies. I used a sharp knife to do this. If you have littles helping…well use a less sharp knife…bake for 7-10 minutes – keeping an eye on them. They tend to go from golden to sunburned rather quickly.

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For the jam

In a pan, soften your berries with the juice from the other half of the orange (about 5 mins). Then add your chia seeds and cook for a further 2 minutes. This will thicken the consistency of the ‘jam’. Once cooled it can be used to sandwich the biscuits together.

The little guy really enjoyed these. They were messy. But then…all the best things are!

Enjoy!

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