lemon butter biscuits on a cooling rack with lemons in the background
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Lemon Butter Biscuits

Lemon butter biscuits, delicious melt in the mouth biscuits fragrant with lemon. A simple bake making them a perfect afternoon tea treat.
Course Afternoon Tea, Baking, Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Easy, Quick, Simple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 biscuits
Calories 110kcal
Author Lesley Garden


  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 130 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 zest of lemons finely grated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 200 g plain flour


  • Place the sugar, butter, lemon zest and salt in a large mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in a beaten egg and stir well to combine, before adding the flour and mixing to a stiff dough.
  • Place the dough on a sheet of baking paper, wrap completely and roll into a biscuit sized oblong shape, approximately 3cm in diameter. Place the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or over night if preparing in advance.
  • When ready to bake, remove the dough from the fridge, remove the paper and cut into 1cm slices. Place the biscuits onto a lined baking tray.
  • Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes at 180CFan. Once baked place on a wire rack to cool.


These simple biscuits are easily adapted to incorporate other flavours. Replace the lemon zest with orange for an orange flavoured biscuit. Add chocolate drops to the butter mixture and created chocolate chip biscuits.
The dough also freezes really well. Once you have made the dough, roll into an oblong and cut into 1cm slices. Place the slices in a single layer in a box, place a sheet of baking parchment between biscuits if freezing more than one layer. Take out and cook from frozen, simply increase the cooking time by 2-4 minutes.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg