Honey and spice biscuits Recipe

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Nutrition per portion

Calories 80 kCal 4%
Fat 2g 3%
  -  Saturates 1g 5%

These crunchy, buttery biscuits with a cool iced-filling are easy to make and look so impressive.


  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 3 level tbsp honey
  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • ½ level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level tsp mixed spice
  • 60g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • For the filling:
  • 250g (8oz) royal icing mix
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon and 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons glycerine


  • Set the oven to 180°C or gas mark 4.

  • Melt the butter and honey in a pan. Sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice, and add to warmed mixture. Stir in the sugar and egg and mix well.

  • Knead mixture lightly until it’s no longer sticky. Roll out thinly on a floured surface and cut out flower shapes, using the cutter, and pattern the surface with the prongs of a fork.

  • Place on to buttered baking sheets and bake just above the centre of the oven for 12-15 mins. Cool slightly before transferring them to wire racks. (The biscuits firm up as they cool.)

  • To make the filling: Beat together the royal icing mix, lemon rind and juice, and glycerine, for about 5-6 mins.

  • Spoon one teaspoon of filling on to a biscuit and spread out to the edges. Place another biscuit on top. Repeat for the remaining biscuits. Leave to set.

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