You can’t beat a good home made shortbread biscuit over a shop bought one, and Chocolate and Orange is a combination that’ll always be a winner 

There’s no secret to this recipe, you’ll find it in most reasonable chefs reportiore, we’re not trying to set the culinary world alight! Just make fantastic tasting delicious moorish biscuits 


250g butter
125g icing sugar

1tsp vanilla extract or vanilla essence 

zest of one large orange

2 medium egg yolks

100g dark chocolate chips

250g plain flour


Place the butter and icing sugar in to a bowl, add the vanilla extract, orange zest and egg yolk.

Beat together until light and fluffy.

Add the chocolate chips and the flour. 

Mix together until it forms a crumble like texture.

Now tip the mix onto a work surface. 

Using your hands mould it together to form a long round sausage shape.

Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for one hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 160°C.

Cut the log into 1-2cm slices. 

Place on a non-stick tray and bake for approx. 12 minutes.

 They should now be lovely and golden.

Transfer to a cooling rack 

Once cooled you can keep them in an airtight container, (but I doubt they’ll last long enough) 

Written by Jon Fell

Head Chef Rosehill Theatre, Chef on the Simply Good Food TV app, run a Seafood Cookery Class at Peter Sidwell Cookery School, Newspaper food columnist

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