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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F, with a rack in the center.

  2. Whisk the spices into the baking mix.

  3. Work the cold butter into the baking mix, leaving some butter in small, visible pieces.

  4. Stir in the dried fruit.

  5. Whisk together the milk and eggs, and stir into the dry mixture.

  6. Turn the dough into a greased 8" x 8" baking pan, pressing it into the pan evenly. (To make drop biscuits, see "tips," below.) Brush the top with melted butter.

  7. Bake the biscuits for 18 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely in the pan. When cool, cut into 9 squares.

  8. To make the icing, mix the sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a mixture that's smooth and pipeable. Pipe the icing atop the squares in the typical cross shape.

Tips from our Bakers

  • For lovely drop biscuits, scoop the dough in 1/4-cupfuls, the scoop dipped each time in butter. A muffin scoop works well here. Press lightly to flatten slightly, and bake as directed.
  • Be aware: some of your baking ingredients can be a hidden source of gluten. Learn more at our blog post: For gluten-free baking, think beyond just flour. For additional information on King Arthur-produced products, read the complete details of our allergen program, including our contact-prevention practices.