American biscuits

American biscuits

There’s nothing quite like the taste of homemade cookies. They’re warm, fluffy and filled with love. Plus, you can control the ingredients, so there are no preservatives or artificial flavours. This recipe uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. No need for fancy or hard-to-find items.


  • 175g self-raising flour, plus a little for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g cold butter
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp cream or milk for brushing the biscuits

Method of preparation:

Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C) mark 7.

In a large bowl, mix together the self-raising flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda.

Cut the cold butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Use a fork to quickly mix everything together.

Dust a clean work surface with a little flour. Turn the dough out onto the surface and knead a few times to bring it together.

Roll the dough into a round about 2cm (¾in) thick. Use a round cutter to cut out the cookies, then place on a baking tray.

Brush the tops of the cookies with the cream or milk. This will help them turn a nice golden colour when baked.

Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and risen.

Leave the cookies to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool further.

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