Treacle Spiced Biscuits

IMG_1492Oh, window cleaners arriving first thing tomorrow and there are no biscuits in the house to go with their pots of tea. The nearest shop is closed, so it’s a rummage through the cupboard to see what can be baked. It is these: quickly put together, moulded, cooled in the fridge and then baked for about 10-15 minutes. A biscuit with a cinnamon and mixed spice flavour. I know they go well with tea – there were none left after the window cleaners finished their last cup. Makes about 12 thick biscuits, or 18 thinner ones.


  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice
  • 50g dark muscovado sugar
  • 100g salted butter softened and diced
  • 50g black treacle or molasses



  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3 before you begin making your biscuits.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and all the spices into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
  3. Add the butter, and then using just the tips of your fingers, rub the ingredients together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.
  4. When all the butter is evenly mixed in, make a well in the centre and add the treacle. Bring the mixture together to form a soft dough (I find the best way is to use a knife using a cutting and stirring method) combine the lot lightly until it has an even colour with not too many streaks of treacle.
  5. Lightly form into a ball. Shape and cut the biscuits into the sizes required, and put them into the fridge for about 10 minutes to cool.  Keep them apart – they may spread a little during the bake.
  6. into the oven for 10-15 minutes depending upon size. Keep an eye on them, the thinner the biscuit the quicker the cook (and the greater the snap – if that if your thing)

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This is a blog (it also works on an ipad and now has a Facebook page) about what we eat at home. Starters, mains, sauces, side dishes, cocktails and links to local shops. It’s all here. Food is fun, it should be fun to make and fun to eat. For some people making a meal is a chore. If it is then don’t do it; but please, it’s better to eat something, anything, that you make at home from scratch, because prepared, packaged supermarket dinners and food have about as much flavour as the plastic or cardboard package they come in. Food cultivation and husbandry is not just a moral argument. Eggs that don’t come from battery hens do taste better, cattle properly reared have more flavour - and just think about it: at its most simple, if they’re not being pumped full of chemicals then you’re not being pumped full of chemicals. How good is that? If you can buy local, use your neighbourhood shops, you will miss them when they are gone. Most of all, have fun making a meal of it! Oh, and why at zero degrees? Because that’s where we live – in Greenwich, London.
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4 Responses to Treacle Spiced Biscuits

  1. They look delicious and they certainly perked me up today.. I have included in my Blogger Daily this evening.. I am also beginning a new series of my Cook from Scratch posts with guests sharing their favourite family recipes that are made from all natural ingredients.. if you are interested in sharing some of your past posts to give them a new audience just let me know.. Sally.


  2. Pingback: Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 4th May 2017 – Blogger’s Bash, Lisa Burton Radio, Cooking at Zero Degrees and Susan Toy. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

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