Raisin pine nut biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for tea, and you can also serve the biscuits after-dinner with a glass of Vin Santo or another dessert wine.

Raisin pine nut biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for tea or after-dinner treat with a glass of dessert wine. These two-bite cookies are made with a flavourful combination of maize flour, raisins, pine nuts, and hints of lemon and vanilla. #cookie #biscuit #cornflour #bakingrecipe #foodgift | countryhillcottage.com

Raisin pine cookies

These two-bite treats are made with a flavorful combination of maize flour, raisins, pine nuts, and hints of lemon and vanilla. The pine nuts roast while baking and create a rich nutty flavor. The recipe doesn’t contain much sugar as the raisins provide plenty of sweetness without being overwhelming. The maize flour creates a nice golden color and gives these Italian-inspired biscuits a mellow and slightly gritty texture. Bake up a lot and enjoy!

Raisin pine nut biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for tea or after-dinner treat with a glass of dessert wine. These two-bite cookies are made with a flavourful combination of maize flour, raisins, pine nuts, and hints of lemon and vanilla. #cookie #biscuit #cornflour #bakingrecipe #foodgift | countryhillcottage.com

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Yield: 40-50 cookies

Raisin Pine Nut Cookies Recipe

Raisin pine nut biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for tea or after-dinner treat with a glass of dessert wine. These two-bite cookies are made with a flavourful combination of maize flour, raisins, pine nuts, and hints of lemon and vanilla. #cookie #biscuit #cornflour #bakingrecipe #foodgift | countryhillcottage.com

Raisin pine nut biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for tea, and you can also serve the biscuits after-dinner with a glass of Vin Santo or another dessert wine. We used caster sugar, which is finer than granulated sugar, and cake flour, a very finely milled type of flour, to give the raisin pine nut biscuits a crumbly and mellow texture, but granulated sugar and all-purpose flour work fine as well. Download and print the recipe below.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100 g (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 170 ml (3/4 cup) water, boiled and cooled to room temperature
  • 400 g (3 2/3 cups) maize flour, sifted (corn flour)
  • 200 g (2 cups) cake flour, sifted (Alternatively use all-purpose flour.)
  • 150 g (2/3 cup) caster sugar (Granulated sugar is fine as well.)
  • 150 g (2/3 cup) unsalted butter, melted, plus some extra to grease the baking tray (sheet)
  • finely grated zest of 1 organic lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 100 g (3/4 cup) pine nuts
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk

Instructions

  1. Plump the raisins. Add the raisins and 170 ml (3/4 cup) water into a small mixing bowl. Make sure the raisins are fully submerged in the water and let soak for 30 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or small colander, drain the raisins after 30 minutes.
    Tip: If preferred, soak the raisins in rum or brandy instead of water.
  2. Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F / gas mark 4). Grease to baking trays (sheets) with melted butter or vegetable oil.
  3. Mix the biscuit dough. Put the maize flour (corn flour) and cake flour into a large mixing bowl and form a well in the middle. Add the sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, grated lemon zest, and salt into the center of the well. Knead until well combined.
  4. Add the raisins and pine nuts. Incorporate the drained raisins and pine nuts into the dough. Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, and knead until the dough is soft and pliable. The quantity of milk required can vary, and you may not have to use all of the liquid.
  5. Bake the biscuits. Roll heaped tablespoons of dough into balls and flatten each ball. Place on the prepared baking tray (sheet), spacing the biscuits approximately 2.5 cm (1 in) apart. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or golden around the edges. Them remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Notes

Storage & Shelf Life

You can keep the raisin pine nut biscuits stored in an airtight container for up to a week, but we doubt they’ll even last that long.

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