Opa’s Butter Biscuits Recipe

Opa’s butter biscuits recipe

butter biscuits recipe

The life lesson here seems to be, don’t let me near your family cook books unless you like sharing.

I tend to find those old hand written and reliably dog eared pages in a home cooks collection an absolute treasure trove.

So it is with this recipe, lifted from my own Mum’s plastic coated, age old collection of family recipes. This one is titled “Butter Biscuits (Opa’s)” and so I know that at some point it made its way across the seas from the family bakery in the Netherlands many years ago.

It must be good right because why else would a Bakker bother taking it with them and then holding tight to it and passing it down the family?

When I first gave the recipe a try, I immediately remembered…. indeed it is a good recipe.

With the first buttery bite of these sugary biscuit I am transported back to my Oma and Opa’s windmill’d red, green and white house in the Yarra Valley. In tasting these cookies I am remembering my childhood and my grandparents and their ornately decorated lounge room where the adults talked and talked for hours.

These cookies are very sweet and very buttery and as such are a bit of a treat at my house. Worthy of serving at Christmas time I think.

Opa’s Butter Biscuits
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Recipe type: traditional
  • 8 oz butter
  • 8 oz sugar (less 1 tbsp)
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz plain flour, sifted
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp S.R. flour
  • 6 drops of lemon essence
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until almost white.
  2. Add the egg and lemon essence and mix well.
  3. Add the sifted flour and a pinch of salt. Stir until just mixed together.
  4. Drop teaspoons full of mixture onto a lined baking tray and cook in a moderate oven until golden brown. (12-15 minutes).
Keep a close eye on the cookies as they bake as you don't want to over cook them.
Space them out nicely on the tray as it is a wet mixture and they will spread.
This recipe is not any good for making into shapes as it is too soft.


Dani xx

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She loves experimenting with new recipes and discovering old treasured classics.  You can find some of her favourite recipes here.

She also runs Dani Bee social media management Melbourne.

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