Date, Orange and Matakana Olive Oil biscuits

Didn't think you could make biscuits with olive oil that taste sweet and delicious? Think again. These lovely little goodies are packed with flavour and perfect for your cuppa. Because their fat is from olive oil they will stay fresher for longer. If you want to be even more good you can substitute wholemeal for white flour, for a more healthy and nutty flavour or swap the dates for your choce of dried fruit. Whatever you do, this biscuit recipe is a great base to work on.



250 grams of flour

50 grams cornflour
100 grams of almond meal or any other nut flour
1 tsp baking powder
120 grams sugar
100 grams of chopped dates or any other dried fruit of your choice
1 orange grated rind
1/4 cup of Matakana Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup of cold water

Sugar granules or raw brown sugar to sprinkle


Preheat oven 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Mix the flour, almond meal, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, then add fruit, grated rind. Make some space in the centre and pour in the middle olive oil and water. With the help of a fork start mixing and when it becomes too difficult tip the contents on a floured bench and knead into a ball (use a few drops of extra water if needed to be).

Roll the dough into a thick layer (around 2cm) and cut into the desired shape. Lay the biscuits on the prepared tray and lightly brush them with cold water. Sprinkle raw sugar over the tops.

Bake in oven for about 15/20 minutes. Leave to cool and store in air tight container. Makes 18