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Orange Biscuits With Cream Cheese Filling - Ranbow Recipe

I mentioned on the weekend that it was my nieces 5th birthday party on Saturday. As you know, I love party planning so I practically begged her mum, my sister in law, to let me help her with the décor. Lucky for me she said yes so last week was lots of fun getting all the bits together. We went with a rainbow theme.

For those of you who are connected to me on Instagram, you would have already seen that I made her this name sign to feature as a backdrop for her treat table. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

I posted the details on how I made it to my Instagram so if you are interested check it out.

Her rainbow theme inspired this weeks baking recipe and for me to add colour to my standard orange biscuit recipe. I often bake this recipe minus the colour but now I've seen how pretty they turned out I think I'll go rainbow every time!

Whenever I'm baking colours, I always use gel food colouring. The results from gel food colouring will always be more vibrant and intense and you have to use far less than your average liquid colouring. This type of food colourings are not always available at supermarkets but I ordered mine off Amazon. Its brand is Wilton and it comes in a pack of 8 colours - even includes black.

Orange Biscuits with Cream Cheese Filling Rainbow Recipe

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
  • 325g plain flour
  • 200g salted butter - cubed
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • 1 orange - zested and juiced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 drop each gel food colour (yellow, pink, purple, green & blue)

Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 180c and line tray with baking paper.
  2. Add butter and flour together, mix in processor or rub together with fingers until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add sugar, orange zest and egg yolks and mix in processor or knead until mixture is a dough consistency. Put the juice from the orange aside for the cream cheese filling.
  4. Roll bits of dough into small balls aprox 1.5cm diameter and place on baking tray, this should make 40 pieces. Flatten dough balls with the end of a fork.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Make sure you regularly check on them as they are better soft than overcooked. Once baked, transfer the biscuits to a rack and allow to cool.
  6. To make the cream cheese filling, whisk the cream cheese and add 2 tablespoons of juice from the orange until smooth. Mix in the icing sugar 100g at a time. You may not need to use all of it. The consistency of the filling should be thick but spreadable.
  7. Divide the mixture into 5 equal portions (I normally place in mugs). Add the tip of a knife into the yellow gel and combine with one portion of the filling. The gel colour is intense with even a little, so this amount should be enough. If you want a more vibrant colour add a little bit at a time. Repeat this step with each colour.
  8. To form sandwich, spread the filling with a knife (or you can pipe for a cleaner finish) across one biscuit and squeeze the second biscuit on filling, keeping the fork detail on the outside of each side of the biscuit. You will end up with 20 complete biscuits so you have 4 of each colour.
  9. Allow filling to set and arrange nicely to show off your colourful baking.
Not only are these biscuits pretty but they are so moreish. Addictively moreish. This is definitely a recipe that I would prefer to bake, gift and not keep in my house. I can't be trusted with a cup of coffee and a freshly baked batch of these in sight!

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  1. The biscuits look amazing, like little macaroons. I have bookmarked this page to make them for my son and hubby.

    1. Thank you. I'm sure your son and hubby will love them x

  2. I have to agree, they do have the look of super pretty macaroons about them. Fantastic idea.


  3. This looks absolutely delicious! I love the colours - they do remind me of macaroons.

  4. Thank you. The flavours of the biscuits are so yummy but the colours definitely give them that something special x

  5. wow they are really eye catching! look soooo good! added to my saves x

    1. They look so pretty and taste sooooo good. You should def give them a try x

  6. So want to make these this weekend. Good tip about gel food colouring will have to invest. x :)

  7. So want to make these this weekend. Good tip about gel food colouring will have to invest. x :)


    1. Great! Let me know how you go :)
      Yes the gel colouring changed my baking life xx


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