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Amazingly crispy, crunchy and delectable Kenyan Biscuits. Perfect for festivals, celebrations and ideal as edible gift.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course festival recipe, Party, Tea Time
Cuisine British, Kenyan
Servings 75 biscuits


  • 500 g plain flour
  • 250 g sugar
  • 250 g salted butter
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 4 tbsp custard powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder


  • Sieve together flour, cardamom powder, custard powder, baking powder and soda bicarbonate together in a big bowl.
  • Add butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Cream butter and sugar till it becomes soft, fluffy and nearly whitish.
  • Add milk and mix well.
  • Add flour mixture and bring the mixture together into a dough. Don't over knead the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or a lid. Allow the dough to rest for 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Lightly grease the baking trays with butter.
  • Dust the worktop very lightly with flour.
  • Take about a grapefruit size of dough and roll it out using a rolling pin. Roll gently. I like to roll it out on a rolling tray or chopping board as this allows me to turn it when rolling.
  • Roll it to about 3mm thickness.
  • Using a cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits. Remove the extra dough.
  • Place the cut biscuit shape on the baking tray, an inch apart.
  • Bake them for 10 -13 minutes or until the edges turn light brown.
  • While the biscuits are baking roll out the next batch of dough and cut out the biscuits using a cookie cutter.
  • Remove the tray from the oven.
  • Gently remove the biscuits from the tray using a spatula and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
  • Store the biscuits in an airtight jar.


  • Use up all the dough. Its easier to mix the extra dough with the new one.
  • To replace cardamom powder with ginger powder, use about 5-6 tsp, depending on gingery you want the biscuits to taste.
  • Do not knead the dough too much otherwise it will become too glutenous. 
  • You can reduce the sugar to 200g.
Keyword easy Kenyan Biscuit Recipe, easy rolled biscuit recipe