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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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
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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