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Tea Biscuits Recipe (Easy Recipe)

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For tea purists, a cup of tea is just half the story. Serving something to bite on with a cup of tea is not only tradition; it’s the norm.

Although tea is enjoyed daily in a dozen countries worldwide, and it looks quite different everywhere, the idea of serving cookies or biscuits with it is an English custom.

Tea biscuits became popular in the 17th century in Yorkshire, particularly between the noble class. Also called Rich Tea biscuits for the better-known biscuit brand, these uncomplicated snacks are mildly flavorful, so they never steal the spotlight from your delicate herbal infusion.

Originally, tea biscuits are made with regular wheat flour, vegetable oil, sugar and malt extract, but since malt extract is kind of an obscure ingredient, I use vanilla extract. If you find malt extract, though, use it. I also use butter instead of vegetable oil, for obvious reasons, but I understand why they would use oil in a factory. At home, butter is better.



Nib on them or dunk them in your tea; the snappy biscuits make the entire tea experience something else, more authentic in a way. The British and Irish eat 52 biscuits every second, and that’s a lot of biscuits!

Do you want to take your tea biscuits to the next level? Make yourself some biscuit sandwiches filled with pastry cream of your favorite custard. That’s a real treat to elevate your tea party to new pleasurable heights.

With only six ingredients, which you probably already have at home, you’ll end up with a nice batch of tea biscuits, so call your friends over for some tea!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Serving Size10-12
  • Energy215 cal




Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven at 350ºF.


In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and the baking powder, combine them gently.


Cut the cold butter into small cubes and add them to the flour mixture. Use a food processor or a fork to combine. You want crumbs, not a paste.


Add the sugar to your butter crumbs and combine.


Add the mix slowly while stirring until a dough forms.


Flour a surface and knead the dough until elastic and not overly sticky.


Roll small dough balls and press them with the palm of your hand or with the bottom of a glass. For perfect circles, use a cookie cutter.


Poke the biscuits with a fork and place them on the baking sheet.


Bake until nice and golden; it should take fifteen minutes or so.


Let the cookies cook and enjoy with a cup of tea!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size10-12
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories215
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat9.6 g78 g12.31%
  • Saturated Fat6 g20 g30%
  • Cholesterol25 mg300 mg8.33%
  • Sodium69 mg2300 mg3%
  • Total Carbohydrate29.7 g275 g10.8%
  • Dietary Fiber0.7 g28 g2.5%
  • Total Sugars10.4 g
  • Protein2.9 g50 g5.8%
  • Calcium35 mg1300 mg2.69%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium84 mg4700 mg1.79%
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