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Brewing Up the Perfect Tea Time: 10 Classic British Biscuits

10 Classic British Biscuits to Pair With Tea

Nothing pairs better with a cup of tea than a classic British biscuit. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy with your afternoon tea or a snack to share with friends, these 10 classic British biscuit recipes are sure to hit the spot. From classic shortbread to crunchy ginger snaps, these recipes are easy to make and sure to be a hit.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied fruit
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice and mix until combined.
  3. Add the raisins, currants, nuts, and candied fruit and mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the honey, molasses, orange juice, and brandy. Add to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour to the mixture and mix until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
  6. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thickness. Cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 200 kcal
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g

Additional Tips and Variations:

For a sweeter biscuit, add an extra 1/4 cup of sugar to the dough. For a crunchier biscuit, add an extra 1/4 cup of chopped nuts. For a spicier biscuit, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice.

These classic British biscuits are a delicious treat to enjoy with a cup of tea. With just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, you can have a batch of these delicious biscuits ready to enjoy in no time.