Passionfruit Christmas biscuits ~ recipe

Passionfruit Christmas biscuits on a plate with tinsel

Passionfruit Christmas biscuits

While these biscuits don’t look or sound very Christmassy (other than by adding colouring to them or icing with Christmas colours like I have), they feel like a Christmas treat to me!

I think it is because the passionfruit flavour is a hint of summer and the texture is like shortbread (which I associate with Christmas).

These are fairly easy to make so are suitable for young children to help with – and I bet Santa would enjoy a few of these on Christmas Eve!


Passionfruit Christmas biscuits

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 Tbs passionfruit pulp (1 – 2 passionfruit)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 Tbs cornflour

{Makes about 40 biscuits}

Mix the butter (softened butter makes this easier!) with the sugars and vanilla essence.

Mix in the passionfruit pulp then add in the flours.

Christmas passionfruit biscuit ingredients mixed together in a bowl

The mix is browner than most biscuits because of the brown sugar.

It forms a stiff mix, not quite like a pastry dough – and it looks a bit sticky.

Put a little plain flour on your hands then roll small bits of the mixture into balls (the flour is enough to stop them sticking to you).

Floured ahdn holding a ball of passionfruit Christmas biscuit dough

Turn a sticky blob into a ball…

Put the balls on a greased tray or tray lined with baking paper (I’ve tried both and neither seems superior to the other).

baked passionfruit Christmas biscuits on a greased tray and a baking paper lined tray

Greased tray or baking paper – the choice is yours!

Push down on each ball lightly with the back of a spoon to make them flatter. Note these biscuits don’t spread very much so you don’t need a lot of space between biscuits.

Bake at 160°C for 13 – 15 minutes.

Cool on the tray before serving, icing or storing.

Passionfruit Christmas biscuits on a white plate for serving

Passionfruit Christmas biscuits – they look simple but taste divine!

Some additional notes…

Why use the different flours? Well, corn flour and coconut flour are gluten free so these biscuits are lower gluten than most biscuits. The coconut flour also adds protein and fibre so these biscuits are lower carbohydrate than you’d expect. It also gives a slight hint of coconut to add to the summery effect.

Why brown sugar? It is less processed so healthier than white sugar of any type.

I melted some white chocolate and added colouring to cover some of my biscuits. I love the crunch of the set chocolate but I found it did overwhelm the passionfruit flavour a bit – they still were yummy and melted on the tongue though!

A child's ahnd reaching for the last passionfruit biscuit on the plate!

What my children and friends thought of the biscuits…

I am thinking of making batches of these with my kids this year for them to give to kinder/school teachers as Christmas gifts.

What will you do with the biscuits you make?

And I’m curious, if you are from the northern hemisphere, would these feel Christmassy or would you prefer them in summer?

35 Responses to Passionfruit Christmas biscuits ~ recipe

  • Susie says:

    I was intrigued when I saw this recipe. It definitely isn’t what I expect for a Christmas cookie (I am in the US). I love the idea of the flavor though and it sounds yummy. I was thinking they would be great with a little vanilla frosting on the top and some sprinkled toasted coconut and dried pineapple.

  • sorrowscall says:

    Ah, passion fruit cookies. Hello again my old nemesis. I’ve only ever tried to cook this kind of thing once and it hadn’t worked out so well. I’m not sure I can get any passion fruit locally around here but if I can then I’ll add this to the list of recipes to try with friends.

    As for when I’d prefer them? It depends. I think I’d like to have them in the winter since that’s normally when I get them; though that’s still pretty rare considering my current locale right now.

  • Daniel lucky says:

    These sound absolutely wonderful. I have never had the chance to try these a couple of my relatives makes them and I only heard about how good they were now I have the recipe. This Christmas year we’ll have them at my house, I have a few kids and I believe they’ll love them!

  • DatGiz says:

    Passion fruit for christmas? That sounds strange, but somehow I like it. Here in Denmark where I live, the only fruits we really eat for Christmas are cherries and clementines. But I do love the “quirkiness” of eating tropical fruits in the winter, and they look sort of delicious, so I might just try them!

    • Hi DatGiz 🙂 Passionfruit isn’t something we specifically have at Christmas other than on top of pavlovas, but it is a lovely summer fruit (and Christmas is in summer for us.) I hope you enjoy the biscuits when you make them.

  • Ellie charles says:

    Passion fruit biscuit now there’s a great snack. I’m from the Caribbean so I’m accustom to tropical fruit. Great idea. Will surely try it.

    • Hi Ellie and thanks for dropping by 🙂 I hope you enjoy these biscuits – I bet you have some beautiful passionfruit growing near by!

    • Tom says:

      Very interesting this passionfruit biscuits. I will have to try it sometime, but maybe wait til summer here.

      ehmm I am Hungarian and i think the Hungarian crepes are the best!! 😉

      Have you ever try fill crepes with poppy seeds mixed with iced sugar or with cinnamon? Also with ricotta cheese mixed with eggs vanilina and sugar…we have dozens of versions:)

      You can also add poppy seeds in the dough and fill with black cherry – delicious and fancy!

  • Alphawolfdog says:

    Sounds delicious! I’d love to make these for Christmas but these sound really good any other time of the year as well! My mouth waters at just the name of the cookies, they seem pretty easy to make! Luckily I live in Hawaii so getting passionfruit shouldn’t be very hard 😀

  • Yum yum, these sound lovely, thanks for uploading this recipe.


  • Brady2121 says:

    Interesting recipe! I will definitely have to give these a try. Our family is always looking for new and unique things to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • FlorenceDupuis says:

    I have mixed feelings about this. One part of me thinks those cookies look delicious (and let’s face it, they are really beautiful) and the other part of me thinks it of looks like something disgusting to do. I am speaking of the part where you play with the strange mixture in your hands…And gosh I hate touching butter. I know that doesn’t make any sense, and I always have to do it for cooking, but still, it repulses me. I must no be the only one, right?
    Anyways, what really hit me with this, is the colors… It makes the cookies so beautiful. I might try and make such bright cookies, wheter I do these particular cookies or other cookies. Overall, great idea! Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Florence, and thanks for being honest 🙂 Everyone has different tolerances and definitions of ‘yucky’ things but I’m sure you’re not the only one who doesn’t like touching buttery things! Would wearing disposable gloves make it bearable, I wonder?

      I’m glad you liked the look of the finished biscuits though 🙂

  • Martisa says:

    These sound delicious! The passion fruit makes them feel more summery, but they’d be perfect anytime of the year! I think I’ll make some and dip them in milk chocolate and sprinkle toasted coconut over them.

  • Cutter710 says:

    I’m not exactly a master chef. But this Christmas I’ll try my hand out with the Mrs’s and we’ll use this recipe without a doubt. I can’t wait to dive into these snacks whenever Santa comes by on the twenty fifth! 🙂

  • jcc481 says:

    I am from the northern hemisphere, and these biscuits still look great! I would eat them regardless of the season! They can also be decorated with kids as a fun activity.

  • juno says:

    I would never think about Passion Fruit as a flavor for Christmas. But, these look so colorful and tasty. I think they would be fun to serve on Christmas to change things up a little.

  • celinejulietdcosta says:

    I like the biscuits recipe:) I will try it out soon:)

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  • Jenny says:

    I made these last night so my daughter could take them to her prep class party.

    They were easy to make and very tasty to eat – thanks Santa’s Letter elf 🙂

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