Custard kisses

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 8 mins - 10 mins


Makes 15-25
Try a homemade version of these old-school favourites for a comforting afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Raw dough or un-iced baked biscuits can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal220
  • fat16g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.24g
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  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

For the custard filling

  • 100g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g icing sugar, sifted, plus a little extra
  • 2 tbsp custard powder
  • few drops yellow food colouring, if you have any


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the butter, sugars, egg yolks and vanilla with a wooden spoon until creamy, then mix in the flour in 2 batches. Roll out thinly on a floured surface, then use a standard 30cm ruler as a template to cut the dough into small, even squares. Do this by starting with the ruler flush with one side and cutting along the length of it. Repeat across the width of the dough, then do the same from the top down. Transfer to baking sheets and bake for 8-10 mins until golden.

  2. While the biscuits cool, mix the butter, icing sugar, custard powder and food colouring, if you have any. Pipe or spread a little icing onto a biscuit, then sandwich with 1 or 2 more biscuits. Repeat until all the biscuits are used, then dust with a little more icing sugar.

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Comments (30)

kathryndonna's picture

Lovely! I used one whole egg rather than just yolks so there was no waste and it worked perfectly. It is a very soft dough and needs quite a lot of flour to roll it out without sticking but cooked well with no spreading. I didn't use any food colouring in the filling as I didn't feel it needed it and looked and tasted great without. I would very much recommend making the filling in a food processor if you have one though as by hand was quite hard work (I switched half way through!) Two biscuits sandwiched together is enough and I made a mixture of squares as shown and some "smiley face" biscuits using a cutter I have. They will become a firm favourite.

Sarja83's picture

I just made the biscuit part of this recipe as I am very new to baking. I have to say, they were easy and tasty and I will definitely make again.

asmelly's picture

A wonderful biscuit - the filling is top-notch! My only qualm is that I have worked with better Dough recipes before, I found this one a little sticky, but don't get me wrong, the results are fantastic! Lovely for a tea party! Who could resist a lil' Custard Kiss?

helenakeysxx's picture

I made these for an afternoon tea, everyone there loved them! They were really easy and looked really nice! :)

bambi1802's picture

My family loved the biscuits and we managed to eat a whole batch in two days so I will just have to go and make another. It is a fun and easy recipe I would definatly recomend 100% good for young bakers!

chelseaclark1612's picture

The recipe says it makes 15-25.
Is this 15-25 individual biscuits or 15-25 three layered tiers?

kathryndonna's picture

I found the recipe made 24 two layer biscuits.

beatletx2011's picture

These are absolutely delicious - i made them using sweetener in a low sugar collery exam - my class polished the whole lot off in about 5 mins after!! SO NICE

redgrape's picture

lovely - the custardy bit is very yummy.

megz15's picture

loooks yummmmmmmmmmmmmy :)

beatletx2011's picture

I made this in an exam for GCSE food and nutrition - in response to the topic - ‘Research low-sugar snack foods that would be suitable for nursery school children. Carry out a practical to support findings.’ to do this i substuted the sugar with sweetner and fruit sugar and Silver Spoon's half sugar to make it low sugar and they were absolutely delicious, they biscuit simply melted in your mouth!! THANKYOU ;)
i only made them as two layered biscuits though..
Defo reccommend!!

ahenaghan's picture

Very yummy and look great! To get the squares the right size, I placed a ruler vertically on the dough and cut with a sharp knife either along side, so you end up with strips the width of your ruler. Then place the ruler horizontally and do the same thing so you get perfect little squares. They appear quite small but they're just the right size for three tiered biscuits - you wouldn't want them much bigger really.

emmi_pemi100's picture

Today I had my best friend round and we made these together. It was really nice but she kept eating the dough, apparently it was better than the real thing! Hahahahah! I would reccomend these to anybody who's not on a diet, hahahah hahahah! I am suppose to be revising but oh well! Hahahahahahhahahahah! THANK YOU GOOD FOOOD!

kez270's picture

everyone loved these, quiet simple to make and tasted great

arabellastrange's picture

Really very, very good. Light as a feather, and easy to make them look pretty. I did heart shaped ones for my kids for Valentine's day. The balance of biscuit and filling was better on two tier biscuits, rather than three. The pattern pricked on top held beautifully. I found that the filling was yellow without colouring so did not add.

imabadpixie's picture

Neither here nor there... nice to make, the dough comes together well and its all fairly easy (would be good to make with children) but nothing special taste wise.. maybe im just not a biscuit person. 10 mins was a little bit too long at suggested temp, i dont know, nothing wrong with them just not very exciting!!

laurenamy1's picture

These were very easy to make, and very tasty.
I followed the advice above and added another tbsp of custard powder, and it made a very tasty filling! The only thing I would say, is that I found the actual biscuit a little bland. In my opinion, the recipe needs a bit more sugar. But apart from that, it's perfect!

yvonnet's picture

Very nice. I made some as described and they looked pretty good, but were tricky to eat. Made some in little heart shapes and circles using a cutter and sandwiched just two together at a time; much, much better and looked very pretty on the plate.

eleanormayo's picture

Made these for afternoon and tea and they were a huge success - I made them as triple biccies and would definitely make them extra custardy next time!

jenna79's picture

Loved these biscuits. I added more custard powder too. May try a cutter next time as my squares were i bit mis shaped. Good idea about the choc one. will give it a go .


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