Birthday biscuits

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins


Make 24
These ring biscuits are perfect for parties and work well in any shape, get the kids to help

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal149
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.01g
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  • 250g plain white flour
  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
  • 2 tbsp lemon curd
  • 250g white icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp strawberry conserve (we used St Dalfour)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor. Whizz until the mixture forms crumbs, then pulse a little more until it forms a ball.

  2. Spread a large sheet of baking parchment over the work surface and turn the dough onto it. Dust with a little flour, then roll out to about the thickness of two £1 coins. Stamp out 24 rounds using a 5cm round fluted cutter, then cut out the middles with the end of a piping nozzle. Carefully peel the rest of the mixture away from the stamped shapes. Lift onto baking sheets and bake for 10 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. Put the lemon curd into a bowl with 2 tbsp boiling water and mix until smooth. Sieve in 175g of the icing sugar; stir together to make a smooth icing. Put the strawberry fruit spread in another bowl and add 2 tsp boiling water, mix, then sieve in the remaining icing sugar.

  4. Spoon the lemon icing over the biscuits, then drizzle or pipe over the pinky icing. Leave to set for at least 20 mins. Will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight tin, longer if left un-iced.

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Comments (24)

soontobeparents's picture

I doubled this recipe and used it to make a load of biscuits for the kids to ice at my daughter's birthday party. Very successful- the biscuits aren't too crumbly when cooked and taste good. The dough's a bit fiddly for little fingers though- I was glad I'd done that bit myself.

ruthwilliamson's picture

An excellent recipe. Didn't cut the hole out of the middle. Mixed some lemon juice into the icing sugar and topped with quartered glacé cherry and they looked and tasted great

snowden91's picture

My go to biscuit recipe. Usually add a little lemon zest to the biscuit dough for extra lemonyness and the lemon curd icing is a winner.

last edited: 09:54, 15th Oct, 2013
fifimg's picture

Lovely, shortbready biscuits! How much nicer these are compared to shop bought. I added a half teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and they taste gorgeous!

priscillag's picture

will definately try them for my 3yr olds birthday party this Saturday.

bigh3089's picture

Made these biscuits for my grand daughters to sell for Red Nose Day...varied them by putting cream and red icing on ...sold very well to happy girls....

emdeans's picture

I don't have a blender so made these by hand and melted the butter slightly and they mixed up perfectly with no mess!

ks_cooking's picture

these biccies are so easy to make and my kids love them, however i did cook them on my pampered chef stone and i had to add an extra 8 mins cooking time but worth the wait

blueeyes376's picture

These are delish!!! So easy and quick, made them yesterday for the first time and had to make them again today as they were all eaten within 2hours! My daughter and I had great fun decorating them with melted chocolate and decorations (the ones that lasted long enough to decorate that is!!!), no doubt I will be making these again tomorrow!

123kpead's picture

Didn't taste very good

chirpychick's picture

hmmm i followed this recipe exact and as im usually a failure at biscuits i took them out of the oven after 10 minutes, they are still very soft so looks like they need to go back in the oven for 5 minutes :S bit disappointed :(

masterfox_86's picture

Really nice biscuits, and easy to make. I added some lemon zest to mine to complement the lemon icing as I'm a big lemon fan. Definitely make these again.

laurenamy1's picture

I made these today for a birthday party. I've tried one and they are delicious. I must put them away until later! Having messed up so many biscuit recipes, I found this one very fool proof, easy to follow, and very tasty! I will certainly use it again.

lucimakesfabcake's picture

perfect :)

phantom's picture

I made these into heart shapes for Valentines day, I found the mixture fine and very easy to work with - produced some lovely biscuits.

catherinefrank's picture

Very crumbly mixture but turned out really well.

lozenge's picture

I've just made these with a couple of ounces of cocoa replacing the flour, they did take quite a while to come together in the food processor but cut and baked well without spreading (I've made snowflakes and christmas trees)
The only thing I would say about kids making them themselves is that my dough was really quite delicate which would make handling the cut shapes or getting the dough out from in between them too fiddly for little ones.

moogy00's picture

I made these with the children, they loved decorating them! The biscuits took a while longer than stated to cook, but that may be my oven! end results tasted really nice, quite a surprise!

penny_salmon's picture

I made these with my 4 year old to pass the time on a rainy day. She loved it as its so simple she did most of it herself.
I am not usually succesful with biscuits but these where lovely

jaffaa's picture

If you dont have a food processor, would you simply make it like other doughs...crumble bettween fingers and then bring together into a ball? Or is it really too messy?


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