• 125 g English unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing optional
  • 0.5 orange, finely grated zest and juice
  • 1 tsp Fairtrade ground mixed spice
  • 200 g Fairtrade light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp Madagascan vanilla extract
  • 200 g British self-raising flour
  • 200 g mixed dried fruit


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease 3 baking trays or line with greaseproof paper. If you don't have 3 trays, bake the cookies in batches.

  2. 2

    In a bowl, beat the butter, orange zest, mixed spice and sugar together until pale and fluffy.

  3. 3

    Add the vanilla extract, sift in the flour, then add the dried fruit and orange juice, and mix well.

  4. 4

    Form the mixture into small balls using a teaspoon and put them onto the baking trays, spacing well apart. They will spread and flatten into cookies as they bake

  5. 5

    Bake for 10-13 minutes until cooked and light golden, but still chewy inside. Leave to cool.


    Cook's tip: for an extra treat, add some white, milk or dark chocolate chips or chunks to this recipe. 

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 339kj 81kcal 4%
  • Fat 3.0g 4%
  • Saturates 1.8g 9%
  • Sugars 8.9g 10%
  • Salt 0.1g 2%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1620kj/387kcal

Each serving provides

12.6g carbohydrate 0.3g fibre 0.7g protein

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