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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.41 / 5 (550 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
8 min
Makes about 25

Rachel Allen's rich buttery lemon-scented biscuits are simply irresistible and so easy to make


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4.

2. Put the flour and lemon rind into a mixing bowl and rub in the soft butter.

3. Add the caster sugar and bring the whole mixture together to form a stiff dough. Do not add any water, however tempting.

4. Roll out the dough to about ½ cm thickness and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

5. Place carefully on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 6-10 minutes until pale golden.

6. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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these were lovely, made up very simple. had to put in a little longer...maybe mine were a tad thicker, but so light and lovely tasting

nicolaJ92714 nicolaJ92714  Posted 17 Jan 2011 6:04 PM

I made these with soft marge as I had no butter, and golden sugar, and they were great. Really simple, very easy to make, and were delicious eaten warm.

EllaB58620 EllaB58620  Posted 20 Jul 2010 3:46 PM

These were the worst lemon biscuits ever! They were just dry and tasteless, I wouldn't recommend them at all!

FraulineFaye FraulineFaye  Posted 15 Jul 2010 9:09 PM

Made these yesterday. Turns out great but it took about 15mins for it to turn pale golden.

LindaA55557 LindaA55557 Posted 19 Apr 2010 3:29 AM

We made the cookies and they are sooo nice everyone loved them !!! They are really easy to make Smile 5*

EilisNiamhM62823 EilisNiamhM62823 Posted 28 Oct 2009 3:11 PM

I added orange rind as I had no lemons. I also added a little extra butter as the mixture was just too dry. They turned out so well, everyone loved them.

UKTV Food User UKTV Food User Posted 02 Oct 2009 4:49 AM

Really easy to make tho i did add extra lemon zest and made a lemon icing delicious!

sheenaG75606 sheenaG75606 Posted 19 Aug 2009 1:56 PM

I'm 12 and I found this simple enough for me to understand-that's a first

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 28 Jun 2009 3:18 PM

My mixture wouldn't hold together for love nor money - added an extra 40g butter and a squeeze of lemon juice -

Adi2 Adi2 Posted 28 Feb 2009 2:43 PM

Very easy to make - I serve them with a Lemon Posset which makes a lovely dessert.

Eli J Eli J Posted 26 Feb 2009 9:02 AM

had to add a bit of orange zest (blitzed in the blender) to get it to come together...yum!!

Mackie 1 Mackie 1 Posted 22 Jan 2009 1:49 PM

My dough didn't quite come together as I had hoped. It was very crumbly when I was rolling it. I might try leaving it wrapped in cling film in the fridge for half an hour next time.

Clarice66 Clarice66 Posted 05 Sep 2008 7:07 PM

My dough didn't quite come together, it was very crumbly and difficult to roll. Biscuits turned out ok though.

Clarice66 Clarice66 Posted 05 Sep 2008 7:04 PM

I really didn't believe the mixture would come together in a dough without any liquid but after a couple of minutes kneading it totally did! Great biscuits. Easy to make.

Kwiz Kwiz Posted 22 Jul 2008 6:47 AM