No.84 Ruth’s Empire Biscuits

Empire Biscuits, German Biscuits or even Belgian Biscuits, these are all the same basic type of biscuit. Depending where you are the name changes. They are simply two light simple biscuits sandwiched together with jam and topped with icing, and of course a cherry or sweet. As a kid I always ate the sweet or the cherry off the top first before getting back from the baker’s. These are so simple yet satisfying.

Now a days I rarely get to a baker’s but my wife makes them better, although smaller. They don’t last long. Try making these with different cutter and try using differet jams to make them yours.

Time: 30 minutes and 10 minutes to decorate

Makes: 7-8 biscuits



4oz Margarine

2oz Icing Sugar

6oz Self Raising Flour



3oz of Icing Sugar

Water (a few tablespoons)

2oz of Jam e.g. Raspberry

Sweets (e.g. jelly tots) to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cream together the margarine and icing sugar.
  3. Mix in flour until combined.
  4. Roll out and cut into rounds or the whatever shape you like.
  5. Place in pre-heated oven until golden – this should be around 20 mins cooking time.
  6. Once cooled sandwich together with jam.
  7. With the icing sugar for decoration slowly add a teaspoon of water at a time, mixing to produce a thick spreadable icing. Spread ontop of the sandwiched biscuits.
  8. Decorate with sweets.

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