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Digestive Biscuits Recipe

A good cup of tea is a wonderful thing, but it is even better when it is paired with an English style biscuit. The dunking of a biscuit in a cup of tea is something of a sacred art form in Britain, and there is no better biscuit to do that with than a traditional digestive biscuit. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try yourself.

This recipe makes around 16 biscuits.


  • ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour

  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

  • 1 Pinch Salt

  • 8 Tablespoons Butter (cubed and chilled)

  • ½ Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

  • ½ Cup Milk (more if needed)

Digestive Biscuits by Simon Majumdar


  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  2. Stir gently to combine.

  3. Add the butter and gently rub it into the flour mixture until you have the texture similar to breadcrumbs.

  4. Add the milk in batches and mix to make a stiff dough.

  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

  6. When ready to roll, add flour to your surface and roll the dough out to about 3mm thick.

  7. Cut to your preferred shape (traditionally these are round).

  8. Lay on a sheet tray lined with baking parchment.

  9. Using a tooth pick or a fork, prick them across the surface (this allows steam to escape while cooking).

  10. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until they are golden.

  11. Allow to cool.

  12. Dunk in your favorite English tea.

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