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Our easiest ever biscuit recipes

by Malou Herkes

published on 30 April 2020

Brighten up your day with these super-easy homemade biscuits. We’ve handpicked the quickest and most straightforward recipes, all of them made using everyday baking staples so you don’t have to head out to the shops. You can throw these together in a matter of moments to satisfy those sugar cravings. Got kids at home? These biscuits are simple enough for children to make without too much extra help. 

Three-ingredient Shortbread Rounds

Three-ingredient Shortbread Rounds

by Sarah Rainey

“My amazing grandma used to make the world’s best shortbread. This is her recipe – light, buttery and melt-in-your-mouth delicious”, says Sarah Rainey. Butter, icing sugar and plain flour is all you need to make these easy biscuits. Check out Sarah’s Three Ingredient Baking packed with recipes to help you cook from a half-empty baking cupboard. 

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Nadiya Hussain’s Cheese Biscuits with Tomato Jam

Nadiya Hussain’s Cheese Biscuits with Tomato Jam

These smoky, cheesy morsels are perfect for anyone with kids, according to Nadiya, who admits her children have a bit of an addiction to them. Combine grated cheese with a few baking staples to make these crisp, salty rounds and serve with sweet tomato jam.

Bakewell Biscuits

Bakewell Biscuits

from Biscuit

These chewy, almondy biscuits are packed with cherries for a teatime bite inspired by the British tart. Enhance the experience by making smaller biscuits and sandwiching them together with raspberry jam.

Mary Berry’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mary Berry’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mary Berry knows a thing or two about making a good biscuit. These chewy cookies can be kept in a tin for about a week, although we doubt they’ll last long enough. Mary’s top tip? For a more grown-up taste, chop a bar of plain chocolate orange into small cubes and use instead of the chocolate chips.

Fork Biscuits

Fork Biscuits

You need just three ingredients to make these cute biscuits – butter, flour and sugar. Whip these up using your store cupboard basics for a simple teatime treat. 

Coffee Kisses

Coffee Kisses

by Linda Collister

Raid your cupboards for instant coffee to make these rich, melt-in-the-mouth biscuits. Bake them as individual biscuits or make them more indulgent with a light and fluffy cocoa buttercream.

Three-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Three-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

by Sarah Rainey

These crispy little mouthfuls are the perfect dunkers for tea, and they’re not too sweet either. Simple to throw together, they’re an excellent first-time biscuit for the kids to make themselves. 

Cornish Fairings

Cornish Fairings

by Linda Collister

Flavoured with candied lemon, orange peel and spice, these West Country biscuits are made with golden syrup to add a lovely chewy texture.

Macaroons

Macaroons

by Linda Collister

These round, flattish almond biscuits are crisp on the outside with a chewy centre. Decorate with almonds and serve up for an afternoon dunk.

Apple Crumble Cookies

Apple Crumble Cookies

This is a useful recipe if you’ve got apples that need using up – apples are dried, blitzed in a food processor and combined with a few baking staples to make these crumbly biscuits.

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