Pink Lady® Apple, Cinnamon and Cranberry Biscuits in a Jar

In need of a gift for someone with a sweet tooth? Try our Gift in a Jar with these scrummy Pink Lady® apple, cinnamon and cranberry Christmas biscuits. It makes a lovely handmade Christmas present and is something that the kids can help out with too. Don't forget to attach the extra ingredients and recipe on the gift tag!

Full preparation

  1. Equipment needed:

    • 1 x 1 litre Kilner or Mason jar, or 2 x 500ml Kilner or Mason jars, with rubber seals or lids
    • Festive ribbon and/or string
    • Gift or luggage tag
    • Holly sprig, Christmas straw decoration or wired florist’s pine cone to decorate the jar
  2. *How to dry Pink Lady® Apples:

    Using a dehydrator – remove the Pink Lady® sticker from each apple, slice the apples thinly without peeling or coring, and dip them into a bowl of lemon water, made with 1 litre of cold water and the juice of 2 lemons; allow to soak for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the apple slices and dry them thoroughly. Lay them out in a single layer in the dehydrator racks, set the temperature and timer to 70C/150F for 4 hours. After 4 hours, check the apples, they should be dry, and feel leathery but not too hard. Allow to cool and store in an airtight tin until needed.

    Using a conventional oven - prepare the apples as above, and set them on to lined baking trays, and allow to dry for up to 6 hours in the oven on 70C/150F. Check them after 4 hours. Allow to cool and store in an airtight tin until needed.

  3. To make the recipe jar - carefully layer all the ingredients in order of list above, gently pushing down to fit into jar if too loose – the layers should be firm but still clearly discernible; or if using 2 jars, divide the above ingredients between the jars in order of list.

  4. Seal the jar and add festive ribbon and/or string around the neck, in which the gift tag with the baking instructions is added.

  5. Decorate with a sprig holly, Christmas straw decorations or a wired pine cone, as shown in the photos.

  6. To make the biscuits, pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 5. Line a baking sheet with grease proof baking paper/parchment. Empty entire jar ingredients into bowl and add the beaten egg and melted butter.

  7. Mix well until you have a stiff dropping consistency (add milk if too dry); drop small balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.

  8. Flatten them with the back of a spoon slightly and bake in pre-heated oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

  9. The biscuits should have a golden brown crust when they are ready, but still have a slightly soft centre. Makes 12 to 14 biscuits.

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