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These simple tea time biscuits can be eaten plain or can be decorated with icing sugar or melted chocolate.

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IngredientsServes: 10

  • 500g plain flour, sieved
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 20g butter
  • 200ml milk

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:12min ›Ready in:32min

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / Gas 6. Lightly grease or line a baking tray.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in butter alternately with milk; mix well to create a dough.
  3. Roll out the dough (about 1/2cm thick) on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into squares or use a biscuit cutter to stamp out 10 biscuits. Arrange the biscuits on a baking tray and bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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This tastes very plain not sweet at all. But with melted chocolate all round each biscuit and toppings it doesn't actually taste over all too bad. I just wouldn't recommend eating these plain unless your diabetic or something. I guess if you wanted to add more sugar into the mix it wouldn't be too bad.-23 Nov 2013

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Some have asked, &ldquoWhat&rsquos the difference between scones and biscuits?&rdquo

Dawn Perry, writing for Bon Appetit, humorously explains&hellip

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These look INCREDIBLE. Beautiful photography!!

The Russian biscuits look great!! I bet they are a tummy filler too. Really love the photo, nice post. Thanks for sharing.

These look fantastic and I can almost smell their sweet yumminess! We have a Harvest Potluck at the end of October and I think I will make them for everyone but re-name them something like ‘Brains and Bones’ Biscuits. We have to go with a spooky theme for the food!
Thank you!

HA! What a great Halloween name! They are very easy to make and yummy!

Omg! These look incredible! I love your photos… they are making me crave these right now!!

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These look like my perfect kinda treats, i love anything with that fruity jammy pastry like combo so would love these im sure! Gorgeous

I have had russian tea biscuits from a bakery in “Heinens” grocery in Cleveland and also “Dorothy Lane Market” in Springboro, Ohio. I love them.
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There they were. Beautiful russian tea biscuits, on a teal green plate,
with a white doily. Those were the ones to try, YOURS.
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Thanks for the compliment, Carol…they are so delicious!

I just purchased the raspberry and an apricot Tea Biscuits from West Side Market in Cleveland Ohio. Now I can make my own! Thanks.

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I know exactly where you are talking about – I wish I could remember the name of the place. These are very close to those biscuits! Enjoy!

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Victorian Petits Fours Biscuits


  • 125g / 4 ½ oz flour
  • 70g / 2 ½ oz caster sugar
  • 35g / 1 ¼ oz unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 25ml cream or whole milk
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg, separated
  • Decoration, for example, raisins, candied peel, candied angelica, blanched almonds or pistachio nuts


  1. Sieve the flour. Make a well in the center and add in the sugar, butter, salt, cream, and just over ½ of the egg yolk. Mix well, but fast and lightly. Do not overwork, but form it into a dough that should be slightly sticky and firm. Wrap in plastic wrap or put it into a bowl with a plate on top and leave to rest in the fridge for an hour.
  2. Remove from the fridge and roll out on a well-floured worktop. Aim for a thickness of around 6mm (1/4 of an inch). Using what the Victorians would have called fancy cutters, cut out shapes and lay them on a baking sheet lined with greased baking parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Beat the egg white and leftover yolk together with a small pinch of salt and brush this over the surface of your biscuits. Decorate each one with a raisin or piece of candied fruit or nut.
  4. Bake at 180°C conventional or 170°C fan (350F/340F) for 15min until just golden brown. Cool on a wire rack before serving.


These biscuits will keep for at least a week in an airtight container (though experience suggests they will have been eaten long before then).

Join Food Historian Dr Annie Gray as she shares an easy home baking recipe for Petits Fours a The, or Small Biscuits with Tea. This recipe comes from the book of Jules Gouffé whose brother, Alphonse, worked as Queen Victoria’s Head Pastry Cook.

Tips & Notes

Do not use pre-shredded cheese. Bagged, shredded cheese generally has a light coating of cornstarch to prevent it clumping and sticking together in the bag. It doesn’t melt as well as cheese you grate by hand yourself.

Keep the milk and grated cheese cold in the fridge until you need it.

You can make the dough in a stand mixer if you want.

Freezing room temperature butter mixed with flour is an easy method, and yields a tender flaky biscuit. If you don’t have time, make this recipe the traditional way with cold or frozen grated butter.

You can use a rolling pin for the dough if you don’t want to pat it out with your hands.

A good way to get 12 perfectly-sized biscuits is to pat or roll the dough into a rectangle shape and slice it with a knife into 12 even portions.

Store tea biscuits in a zip-top bag on the counter for up to three days.

Easy cheese tea biscuits freeze well. Place them in a large, zip-top bag, squeeze out any excess air, and store in the freezer for up to one month. To serve, remove from the bag and gently defrost in the microwave until warm, or let sit at room temperature until thawed.

Indian Tea shop Butter Biscuits | டீ கடை பட்டர் பிஸ்கட்

I can say a few things about most of the south Indian men and women. They love bakery butter biscuits. Some might not eat a cake but will never say no to a cookie. Trust me on this. Especially if its butter biscuits. These cookies are the real deal. These are the cookies that we love to eat all the time. These cookies are the true spirit of the French Normandy Sable cookies. They are so good and elegant with crispy exterior, tender interior and a bite full of buttery goodness. One bite and its so nostalgic. During college days in Chennai, I have had these cookies with my friends almost everyday. We used to gather around the tea shop during break hours, have a tea and share the cookies and chat for hours. Tea shops were the places where best of the ideas were born.

Lets crank up the mixer and make some greatest butter cookies. Shall we?
Sift half a cup (65 grams) of confectioners sugar over half a cup (110 grams) of butter.

Cream the butter and sugar mixture until light and fluffy. Oh yes. Good things take time. I promise your patience shall be rewarded. Scrape the bowl once to make sure the butter and sugar is properly combined. Scraping is good.

Add 1 cup (130 grams) of flour (maida), 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract at once and mix for 15 seconds on low.

Scrape the bowl again! Mix for a minute and we are done!

Transfer the dough to a plastic cling wrapped surface and make a log. cover it with cling wrap.

Refrigerate the dough for an hour. Even over-nite is fine.

Cut the dough into half inch thick cookies.

Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 22-25 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. When they start to brown, they are done. Have an eye as they can go from brown to burnt very fast!