Summer Tea Party: Empire Biscuits Recipe

Continuing our series of recipes that you might want to consider trying out for a tea party this summer, here’s something a bit different. A recipe for the traditional Scottish Empire biscuit. We hope you enjoy baking them and sampling the results. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who is supporting us by hosting a tea party this summer.


For the Biscuits

  • 130 g Caster Sugar
  • 250 g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 500 g Plain Flour

For the Decoration

  • Strawberry or Raspberry Jam
  • 200 g Icing Sugar
  • A couple of teaspoons of boiling water
  • Glace Cherries, sprinkles or sweets


  1. Preheat oven to 180°c (160°c for fan ovens) and line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and mix until combined then sift in the flour and mix into a dough.
  4. Roll the dough on a floured surface to around 1cm thick. Use one of your own cutters or a special GAIN cookie cutter to cut your biscuits and then transfer to the baking trays.
  5. Bake them for about 10 minutes until the edges of the biscuits are just turning gold.
  6. While they are still warm but cool enough to touch, add the jam to the underside of half your biscuits and put the other half on top of these to sandwich the two halves together.
  7. Once they are cool, make your icing by mixing icing sugar and gradually add the boiling water until you’re happy with the consistency. Dip the top of your biscuits into the icing to cover and decorate!

Fun(d) raising ideas

Along with providing you with recipe ideas, we’re also trying to help take away the burden of coming up with ideas for activities that will boost your fund raising efforts – and provide some entertainment for your tea party guests too!

Treasure hunt – invite your guests, young and old(er) to take part in a treasure hunt around your garden. Charge a nominal amount to join in and lay some clues that lead them to a treasure haul and a prize. You could even theme the party around it and get the children to dress as pirates.

Face painting – children love to have their faces painted and you don’t have to be an amazing artist to do it. There are lots of simple designs on the internet that are easy to follow.





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