Haniela's: Orange Petit Beurre Biscuits

Orange Petit Beurre Biscuits

Friday, April 23, 2010

Orange Petit Beurre Biscuits
biscuits described in french i concur
sound better than butter when you use le mot buerre
these ingredients mix well to make this delight
you also mentioned that they are very light
© Iris Zuares
Creative works of Iris can be also
viewed on her flickr page eyewrisz

Are you looking for a way to travel back in time...back to your childhood? I found the way! These biscuits will do just that.
I can't stop myself from eating one more...


 3cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4tsp salt
1/2tsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
12tbl butter at room temperature
1cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
2tbl orange liqueur/or 1tbl orange extract/
1tbl orange zest
8tbl heavy cream

-combine and sift  flours add corn starch, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
-using the mixer beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, add egg yolks, one at a time, beat until smooth.
-add orange liqueur, one tbl at a time, beat until liquid is absorbed

-add orange zest
-turn the mixer on slow speed, add half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture
-scrape the bowl with spatula 
-add heavy cream and rest of the flour

-turn the dough onto the board and work it with your hands until it comes together
-separate dough into two  and make rectangle shaped disk
-wrap the dough and chill for at least 3 hours, or up to 2 days

Oven  : 320-325F
-prepare baking sheets lined with UltraBake Parchment Paper Sheets - 12 × 16½
 or Silpat 11-5/8-by-16-1/2-Inch Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat


Rolling the Dough

- if the dough has become too hard to roll, let it soften a little or you can put it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds to soften it.
- roll the dough between two pieces of wax paper, you want to roll the dough thin
- trim the sides
- using a ruler measure and cut desired shapes
- prick cookies with the fork

For rolling the dough I use Winware French Wood Rolling Pin, Tapered
For cutting the the dough I use Wilton Pastry Wheel

 I also tried making biscuits thicker, they turned out delicious as well.
Personally I prefer a slightly slender look in these.

 I thought it would be fun to add a little flare to these biscuits. I used a rubber stamp to create a design the on the cookie.

Here are the finished stamped cookies, I wish  the tulip stamp was more visible, but still they are quite pretty, I think.

I also tried using small cookie cutters Fox Run 26-Piece Alphabet Cookie Cutter Set
 and those worked really well. What a wonderful way this would be to create a message for recipient and tell them something with a special cookie message....I know, I'm getting ahead of myself.

- if cookies get too  soft to transfer to baking sheet, place them into the fridge for a few minutes and then once little chilled you should be able to transfer cookies onto the baking sheet. I used an Wilton 9 Inch Angled Spatula, With Black Handle
 for this process. It works great.
-cookies don't spread too much, so you can space them out fairly closely to each other
- bake in the preheated oven, for 8 -10 minutes, baking times may vary depending on the size of the cookie and thickness.
- remember to rotate baking sheets in half time
- biscuits are done when edges are just starting to turn golden, remove from the oven and let cool
- enjoy alone, with cup of tea, milk or coffee.

for vanilla flavor :
  • omit orange zest and orange liqueur = use 1tsp vanilla extract and 10tbl heavy cream
I found this dough to be very easy to work with. I didn't use any extra flour when rolling the dough.


  1. Super gorgeous! Awesome photos, and the finished cookies are just so perfect looking! Between your ideas and my own, I will never leave the kitchen!

  2. I know...too many ideas..now you got me thinking about polka-dots.lol
    thank you dear. Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. What an elegant cookie; they look beautiful, sound delicious & I love orange liqueur!! You know your starting to cost me money, I added mini tart tins to my wish list after your apricot bread tarts.. now I'll have to add alphabet cutters & rubber stamps too!!

  4. Hani - This is just loveey! I will have to add this to my 'must try' list. Thanks for sharing!