Best ever biscuit recipes

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Who doesn't love a biscuit and a good cup of tea? Try traditional biscuits including ginger shortbreads and jammy dodgers, or bake one of our fun twists such as peanut butter thumbprint cookies and chocolate rye volcano cookies
By Alex Crossley

Our best biscuit recipes and cookies recipes are quick and easy to bake. Chocolate chip cookie recipes, shortbread biscuits and chocolate biscuits, we have them all. Bake some homemade cookies for an afternoon tea party, or make some shortbreads with your kids for some weekend fun.



  • We use chocolate, lemon and spices to flavour our biscuits

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Cookie and biscuit recipes from GBBO winner Edd Kimber

We've also got cookie ideas and plenty more baking recipes from original Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber, here.

Stem ginger cookie sandwiches

These stem ginger cookie sandwiches with caramelised white chocolate ganache from Edd Kimber make the perfect tea time snack.

Here’s Edd’s insider baking knowledge for this recipe: Many people find white chocolate too sweet but cooking it slowly in the oven gives it lots of caramel flavour and makes it taste less saccharine. My favourite way to use it is pairing it with ginger, especially in ice cream or cookies.

Chocolate rye volcano cookies

This recipe from baking legend Edd Kimber makes some seriously good chocolate cookies. We call them volcanoes because as they bake, they erupt and spread into fabulous, fudgy cookies.

Shortbread biscuit recipes

Ginger shortbread biscuits

Triple ginger biscuits. Crumbly shortbread with sweet and peppery root ginger makes an ideal teatime snack, and the crystallised stem ginger on top adds a final sweet touch. These crumbly ginger shortbreads are perfect for elevenses with a hot cup of tea or alternatively with strawberries and cream for dessert. All-in-all, they're extremely moreish – we could eat a whole tin!

Salted caramel shortbread

Sweet and salty flavours are an ongoing trend and this shortbread recipe is the perfect way to blend these flavours. It's quick and easy baking and will please a crowd. Crumbly shortbread studded with shards of salted caramel and drizzled in dark chocolate… this biscuit has winner written all over it! We love tray bakes, so we've created a collection to choose from, here...

Cobnut and chocolate shortbreads

Nothing beats an easy shortbread biscuit recipe. Add cobnuts (part of the hazelnut family) and your teatime treat just got a whole lot better.

Pink pepper shortbreads

Check out this showstopper recipe for zesty lemon mousse with lemon and pink pepper shortbread. This dessert is easy to make and an impressive way to end your dinner party. Native to South America, pink pepper is an entirely different plant to black/green/white pepper, which all come from the same vine, piper nigrum. Pink peppercorns have an almost citrussy zing to them and they pair brilliantly with this lemon-scented recipe.

Rosemary and walnut shortbread

This homemade biscuit recipe is an original take on Scottish shortbread with a crunch of walnut and a piney-aroma of rosemary. Try drizzling with dark chocolate for a special touch and serve with a cup of tea.

Easy cookies recipes

Chocolate chip cookies

Check out our best chocolate chip cookie recipe, soft and chewy in the middle with a perfectly crisp outside. Packed with oozing dark chocolate and topped with sea salt flakes, these quick cookies make an easy weekend treat.

Dark chocolate and olive-oil cookies

Check out our easy olive oil dark chocolate cookies. Olive oil gives a crisp, crunchy edge to these cookies.

Nutella cookies with walnut and sea salt

If you love Nutella then you'll love these seriously moreish malted chocolate cookies with walnuts. These chewy salty sweet treats go perfectly with your mid-morning tea. Get even more Nutella recipes here…

Caramelised white chocolate florentines

Ready in just 20 minutes, our florentine biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee. White chocolate can be very sweet, so caramelising gives it a toffee-like dimension – think posh Caramac bars.

Caramelised white chocolate cookies

How do you make a classic cookie even better? By studding it with caramelised white chocolate, that's how! Use your leftover white chocolate in these easy recipes...

Peanut butter thumbprint cookies

How cute are these cookies?! Our peanut butter thumbprint cookies use the classic peanut butter and jam (or jelly) combination in a fun new way. They're best eaten the day they're made. More peanut recipes here, folks!

Chocolate and tahini cookies

Jazz up your cookie repertoire and try these chocolate and tahini cookies for an irresistible biscuit recipe. Our version of the classic American Oreo biscuit teams crisp, dark cookies with a creamy tahini buttercream. Click here for more chocolaty recipes...

Double chocolate walnut meringue cookies

A really impressive cookie recipe that's super easy to make. These dark and white chocolate meringue cookies are an easy afternoon treat, crisp on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle. Check out our expert meringue tips here...

Double chocolate Toblerone cookies

Fancy a fun twist on a cookie recipe? No one will be able to resist these double chocolate Toblerone cookies. They're easy to make but make a great special treat. Try our other baking recipes that will transform your favourite chocolate bars, biscuits and spreads.

Apricot and white chocolate cookies

Our apricot and white chocolate cookies are really easy to make but taste delicious. They are ideal for a bit of festive baking and only take 40 minutes.

Breakfast cookies

These breakfast cookies are easy to make and full of wholesome ingredients including fibre-packed oatmeal and fruit – ideal for a breakfast or mid-morning snack. Try our other on-the-go breakfast ideas here.

Chunky chocolate chip cookies

Our best ever chocolate chip cookie recipe with chunks of dark chocolate and walnut. Porridge oats give the cookie a soft and chewy texture that everyone will love.

Other biscuit recipes

Lemon curd and poppy seed sandwich biscuits

If you’re a Jammie Dodgers fan you’ll love these sandwich biscuits with crunchy poppy seeds and their creamy, zesty filling.

Homemade Bourbon biscuits and rhubarb liqueur ice cream

Check out this moreish recipe for homemade bourbon biscuits with creamy rhubarb liqueur ice cream. You’ll be left with extra biscuits and ice cream from this recipe but the biscuits will keep in an airtight box and the ice cream can be frozen for later.

Posh Jammie Dodgers

We've given the ultimate classic biscuit a posh makeover. This posh Jammie Dodger recipe gives a childhood favourite biscuit an update, it's a really impressive tea time snack.

Sesame and pistachio cookies

Barazek cookies or biscuits are thin, crispy and usually come with sesame and pistachios. They're easy-to-make and are traditionally served as sweet treats in Syrian bakeries.

Double-dipped peanut biscuits

Chocolate and peanut butter is a classic combination, and these double-dipped peanut biscuits really make the most of it. They're super easy to make and are a delicious sweet treat.

Pistachio swirl biscuits

Easy homemade biscuits: made with cocoa and pistachio, these nutty treats are quick to bake. Make plenty they won't last for long when the family spots them.

Jammy biscuits

You can make these homemade jammy biscuits a day or two in advance and fill them on the spot. We like raspberry or apricot jam best for the middle, but feel free to choose your own flavour.

Strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches

Our strawberry shortcake ice-cream sandwiches are an easy but impressive summer treat. If you're planning on making these a day or so ahead, just dunk the sides of the sandwiches into the freeze-dried strawberries before serving.

Here's a quick video on how to make our strawberry shortcake sandwiches...

Here are some of our fun baking recipes using our favourite biscuits and cookies...

Bourbon biscuit brownies

What's better than a chocolate Bourbon biscuit? Chocolate Bourbon brownies! Trust us, you'll need to make a double batch. Try our best brownie recipes for more baking inspiration.

Jammie Dodgers blondies

Check out these super fun blondies using a children's classic biscuit, Jammie Dodgers. These moreish white chocolate blondies are a great alternative to a traditional chocolate brownie, and will go perfectly with your afternoon cuppa.

Oreo Bailey's fridge cake

We have used lots of Oreo cookies and Baileys cream to make the most indulgent fridge cake. Icebox cakes are popular in America and are incredibly simple to make – simply layer thin, crisp chocolate biscuits with sweetened whipped cream. Left overnight, the biscuits soften and become ‘cake’.

Custard Cream blondies

Ever thought of adding custard creams to your blondie mixture? It's genius! Have a go this weekend and let us know how you get on (@olivemagazine).

We talk about our weird and wonderful biscuit-eating habits here...

olive magazine podcast ep58 - biscuit rituals, cooking low and slow, and food in Ithaca

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