Recipe: Brown Sugar Biscuits

29 Nov

One of my earliest childhood memories is baking “brown sugar biscuits” with my maternal grandmother – Ammi.

Ammi rarely ventured into the kitchen so after much convincing, having her bake us brown sugar biscuits was quite a feat.  My sister and I would be her helpers in mixing and eating the left over dough while she measured the ingredients and rolled the dough into small balls, dipping each biscuit carefully into egg white rolling it on a bed of walnuts & sugar before placing it onto a greased pan.

This recipe has become quite a tradition as it has been passed down across generations….The best part is that it uses simple ingredients that can be found in any pantry!

Biscuits before baking


* 1/2 cup brown sugar

* 1 stick unsalted butter

* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

* 1 egg, separated

* 1 and 1/4 cup flour

* 1/4 tsp salt

* 1/2 cup finely chopped, or crushed walnuts

* jam or jelly

== yields around 10-15 biscuits ==


– Pre-heat oven to 350F/150C

– Separate the egg – beat the egg white slightly

– Mix brown sugar, butter, vanilla essence and egg yolk in a bowl

– Stir in flour and salt, knead the mixture manually till the dough holds together

– Shape dough into 1 inch balls – press your thumb gently into center of each ball

– Dip each ball into egg white, roll a bed of walnuts & sugar

– Place on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart

– Bake for about 15 mins, or until brown

– Remove from oven, cool it, and fill the thumprint with your favorite jam or jelly!

TIP: If your brown sugar has hardened, place a damp paper towel on top of the brown sugar overnight – the brown sugar will soften by the morning!


5 Responses to “Recipe: Brown Sugar Biscuits”

  1. Nadia November 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM #

    My favorite! Thanks for the recipe. I think I’m going to enlist Amaan to get baking this weekend and pass the tradition on to Ammi’s great-grandchildren 🙂

  2. mizz February 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM #

    Yumm! I remember Ammi’s brown sugar biscuits so well! I havent made them in 20 years, I think – maybe its time to try again! Tks for the recipe (oh, and for spilling the family secrets to the world!)

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  3. Nadia February 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM #

    So I actually made these yesterday from this recipe and they turned out amazing! I doubled the recipe and got about 26 biscuits out of it (I made them a bit bigger than Bibi used to). We all missed Bibi so much eating them and reminiscing. Also the fact that I was able to make them is just shocking given my well-honed culinary skills – ha! – thank you for the recipe!

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