English Cookie Recipes

If you'd like an English cookie to go with afternoon tea, or just because, try our recipes for cream tea biscuits, flapjacks, maids-of-honor, or digestive biscuits.

Staff Picks

Digestive Biscuits

Rating: 3.5 stars 26
Similar to the traditional British biscuits, these can also be served buttered or with cheese. For a sweeter biscuit, brush one side with melted semisweet chocolate after baking.
By Allrecipes Member

Melting Biscuits

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
Traditional English biscuits that melt in your mouth.
By Jayna

Cinnamon Biscuits

Rating: 3.5 stars 13
The basic English biscuit, with a dash of cinnamon.
By Rhonda Warhol

Fruit Preserve Sandwich Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 5
Colorful, English biscuits very popular with kids.
By Allrecipes Member


Rating: 4.5 stars 14
This is a compilation of several Shortbread recipes I have from British cookbooks. I have been to England three times and REAL shortbread is a favorite. It should use real butter and not be TOO sweet.
By Allrecipes Member

Old English Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 15
A magnificent blend of textures and spices with a hint of coffee. These are great on a cold winter day.
By Jolene

Cream Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
'Cream cakes' are not a specific item, but a term that refers to a variety of goodies served at tea. Scones, cakes, buns, and biscuits may be spread with cream and/or jam. Here's a Lake District recipe for 'Upland's Biscuits'. When cool, sandwich in pairs with raspberry jam. A dollop of clotted cream on top, a pot of strong tea, aahhh!
By Marc Boyer

Spice Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
This recipe was my mother's grandmother's recipe. Spicy soft cookies with currants. Originally from England. Enjoy, they won't last long.
By Allrecipes Member

Hard Ginger Nut Biscuits

Rating: 4 stars 1
This recipe for hard ginger nut biscuits is possibly one of the oldest ones I have in my possession. My English grandma used it many years ago. The cookies are fabulous for dunking. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.co.uk]
By Allrecipes Member


Rating: 5 stars 2
These dainty cookies melt in your mouth. Legend has it that they are named after the ladies in waiting to an English queen.
By Allrecipes Member

Golden Honey Snaps

Rating: 3 stars 3
An easy and delicious recipe for honey snaps using golden syrup, a liquid sweetener known in England and prized for its toasty flavor.

English Cookie Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
Dense bar cookies with a hint of coffee flavor. Nicely spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
By sal

Inspiration and Ideas

Madeira Fingers
Rating: Unrated 2
Elegant English biscuits that can be served with afternoon tea, or to accompany desserts.
Coconut Jam Flapjacks
Traditional British flapjacks are made even better with coconut jam.