Fruit Biscuits

    30 minutes

    These are very buttery and very hearty fruit biscuits. Any dried fruit works well such as cherries, raisins, cranberries, blueberries,or chopped apricots. For a really decadent treat, use chocolate chips and nuts instead of fruit.

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    Serves: 36 

    • 315g butter or margarine, softened
    • 1 1/4 (180g) cups brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 3 cups (450g) quick cooking oats
    • 1 cup dried cranberries, or other dried fruit

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the quick oats and dried fruit. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the unprepared baking tray.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow biscuits to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    This is a great, healthy recipe! It is difficult to mix, though, because of how few wet ingredients there are. The dough ends up very stiff, and I was mixing with my hands to finish it. They are a big hit with the family!  -  27 Oct 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I tried it with dried cherries, chopped; added chocolate chips and some toasted coconut that my husband had left over from muffin baking. Salt and sugar was balanced well but I'd use a little less nutmeg because its a strong spice. The mix wasn't dry at all, I think the other reviews must not have put the right amount of butter or they didn't gradually at dry ingredients because I found it very creamy. Will definatley try again and add nuts.  -  26 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made these for Easter, and instead of using dried fruit, I used Jordan almonds from my local candy shoppe, which are almonds with pastel colored candy coatings. Also, I just made them last week with dried strawberries, white chocolate chips, and strawberry extract instead of the vanilla. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!  -  27 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)