Vegan Orange Tea Biscuits


These orange tea biscuits come together easily and are the perfect addition to your afternoon tea or coffee break. Each bite is enriched with orange zest and the light glaze of orange juice provides an extra touch of citrus. Overall, they’re just lightly sweet, and perfect for pairing with sweet orange marmalade.

Vegan Orange Tea Biscuits - these simple and zesty biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea!

This recipe for orange tea biscuits was originally shared with us by a reader over ten years ago! Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate his/her name in my emails to give credit.

Special Diet Notes: Orange Tea Biscuits

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

Vegan Orange Tea Biscuits
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Serves: 30 to 36 small tea biscuits
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons non-hydrogenated shortening (such as Spectrum or Nutiva)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ¾ cup plain dairy-free milk beverage
  • Orange juice, for brushing.
  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the shortening until coarse meal forms.
  3. Stir in the zest. Stir in the milk beverage until the dough comes togeteher.
  4. Bring the dough together and pat it to about ½-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut with a small cookie or biscuit cutter, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bring the scraps together, and repeat the step above until the dough is used up.
  6. Brush the tops of the unbaked biscuits with orange juice.
  7. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Yummm I can’t wait to make these! I’m inviting a friend over for tea and they would be great to serve. I just wanted to ask about why step number 7 is done- is it to create a texture on the top surface of the cookies? Thank you!

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