British Spice Biscuits (Cookies)

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by HokiesMom

Posted for ZWT6 - Great Britain Region. These are a traditional spice biscuit (known in the US as a cookie) that is served during holidays and in bakeries throughout Britain. If you don't have all the individual containers of spices - you may use a pumpkin pie spice mix or a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Top Review by ellie_

Great Christmas cookies filled with jam! I had all the spices but used regular sugar instead of the caster sugar. Thanks for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and a pinch of salt together.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the egg.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add a tsp of cold water to bring the dough together if you need to.
  4. Press into a disc, wrap in clear wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Heat the oven to 356°F (180°C / gas mark 4).
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to the thickness of a coin and using cookie cutters, cut-out shapes. Prick tops lightly with a fork. Lift onto parchment-lined baking sheets or well-greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden in color.
  8. Leave to stand for a few minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  9. If desired when cold, sandwich 2 biscuits together with jam, and drizzle light icing/glaze over tops.

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