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Easy empire biscuits recipe

Empire Biscuits Recipe

Here's how to make tasty empire biscuits also called German biscuits. This easy recipe gives you a melt in the mouth delicious treat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 12 Sandwich Biscuits
Calories 240 kcal


For The Biscuit

  • 175 g Plain Flour
  • 85 g Caster Sugar
  • 100 g Butter Block Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg

For The Filling And Topping


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4, 350°F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Add butter and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy. You can do this by hand or use an electric whisk to cream the ingredients together quickly.
  • Add an egg and a teaspoon of vanilla into the mixing bowl and mix together until evenly combined.
  • Pour the plain flour into the bowl and mix together until the biscuit dough has formed.
    Use your hands to bring the dough together. Add a tablespoon of water If the mixture is too dry and is not coming together.
  • Lightly sprinkle flour on your work-surface and knead the dough until it comes together.
  • Roll the dough quite thin, so that it has a thickness of 3mm to 5mm, use a crinkled edge cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits. Then place them on a lined baking tray leaving a gap between each piece.
  • Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the biscuits start to brown around the edges.
    Place the biscuits on a cooling rack for it to cool down completely.
  • Once the biscuits have cooled down, mix together water and icing sugar until a thick icing mixture has formed. The icing should be thick enough to spread and not running off the edges.
  • To assemble the empire biscuits, spread jam on top of one biscuit and top with another biscuit. Then gently spoon (or pipe) icing on top of the biscuit, leaving a border around the edges.
  • Top with a glacé cherry centred in the middle. Leave the icing to harden and then enjoy!



Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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