Cheese biscuits

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By: Sophie Grigson From: Sophie Grigson's Weekends

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.46 / 5 (100 votes)

Prep time:
10 min, plus 30 mins chilling
Cook time:
5 min

Sophie Grigson's delightfully crisp, cheesey little biscuits prove that going to seed can sometimes be a delicious thing to do!


1. Place the butter, cheese and flour into a food processor and whiz until the mixture forms a smooth dough.

2. Remove the dough from the processor and form it into a long log shape, with a diameter of about 5cm. Wrap the log up tightly in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. When you are ready to cook the biscuits, set the oven to 190°C/gas 5 and line two baking trays with baking parchment. Unwrap the log and cut it into thin slices. For thin, crispy biscuits, slice them as thinly as possible. Lay the biscuits on the baking trays.

4. Make an egg wash by mixing the egg yolk with one tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash over the biscuits to glaze them. Top the biscuits with some fennel seeds and cayenne, or use any combination of caraway seeds, poppy seeds, cumin seeds, or paprika.

5. Bake for 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the biscuits, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and store in an airtight tin.


For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp water

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Latest Comment


Very easy to make and good to taste. Great recipe and they go well with simple salads. My family love them

Paul7rhg Paul7rhg  Posted 11 Apr 2012 9:12 AM


JudithB21866 JudithB21866  Posted 25 Mar 2012 1:34 PM

Oh...and will they freeze??

JessicaD71985 JessicaD71985  Posted 20 Dec 2011 8:56 PM

Oh...and will they freeze??

JessicaD71985 JessicaD71985 Posted 20 Dec 2011 8:56 PM

Plain or SR flour?? Novice here! Thanks!

JessicaD71985 JessicaD71985 Posted 20 Dec 2011 8:53 PM

followed recipe, but I pressed sesame seeds on top before baking.Turned out OK. nice for buffet table.

carolH61552 carolH61552 Posted 15 Dec 2011 5:41 PM

Just made these for the first time. I only had an Omega seed mix to use as a topping but they worked perfectly. They were easy to make and so unbelievably cheesy. Need to space them out enough on the baking tray and I found that the cooking time stated was not enough. I had to increase to 7 or 8 mins.I made about 18 biscuits. Good recipe for children to make under supervision.

johnW66418 johnW66418 Posted 05 Dec 2011 4:26 AM

Can anyone tell me how many biscuits this recipe should make.

Tinabee Tinabee Posted 03 Dec 2011 8:23 AM

made theses in a moment ,was'nt sure what flour to use as it does not say in the end use s/r they turned out well very delish .will try plain flour next time as they do come out very light ,have to careful getting them in my mouth.

sxi sxi Posted 17 Jul 2011 1:51 PM

Brilliant recipe, never fails to please, even using 30% reduced fat cheddar. My latest decoration was chopped green pistachio and I served the biscuits with asparagus soup - blinding !!

charlyangel charlyangel Posted 13 Jul 2011 10:29 PM

I followed this recipe exactly, apart from using the seeds.
Very disappointed. They turned out as an oily blob. turned them onto fresh baking sheet and cooked further 5 mins to dry out. Have now thrown them to the birds. Would rate this recipe as 0.

RobynW8170 RobynW8170 Posted 01 Oct 2010 7:00 AM

Hi! Could you please let me know which cheese to be used here... Thanks!

ManuP97952 ManuP97952 Posted 05 Mar 2010 9:04 AM

I made these almost in a nano second! I did various widths and toppings and they were so moreish - so impressive to give friends with cocktails! An excellent simple to do recipe with a great result!

PaulineF73749 PaulineF73749 Posted 20 Apr 2009 1:44 PM