These flavoursome biscuits are the ideal party treat
125g butter, softened
100g icing sugar, sifted
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped
1 medium egg
160g self-raising flour
30g custard powder
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
Mincemeat for filling
Preheat the oven to 190˚C/170˚C fan-assisted/gas mark 5. Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and seeds in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and orange zest. Fold through the flour and custard powder.
Roll into teaspoon-heaped balls and lay on the baking trays, 5cm apart. Make a dent in the dough with your thumb or end of a wooden spoon. Fill with the mincemeat and bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.
Leave on the tray and put onto a wire rack until cooled. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
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