Digestive biscuits

Digestive biscuits

Lucy's Bakes
15 mins
Cooking time
15 mins
Jacqui Melville

I started making my own digestive biscuits when I lived in Sweden many moons ago. I doubt very much if I had been able to buy them I would ever have bothered trying to make them but having done so I am hooked on these. Try them and you just may never buy a packet from the supermarket again!


Quantity Ingredient
125g plain or wholemeal flour
125g porridge oats
10g caster sugar
5g baking powder
pinch salt
75g butter
50g milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Put the porridge oats in a tall container and whizz with a hand blender until you have a flour-like consistency.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Rub in the butter using your fingers and thumbs until your mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Stir in the milk – adding a little more milk if you need to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  6. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into oblongs or rounds about 5 mm thick. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Prick the tops if you wish, then bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed bag or airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


  • This recipe is vegetarian and nut-free.


  • Add more sugar to enjoy these with a cuppa rather than as part of your cheeseboard.

What the the testers say

  • RON SAWERS – ‘I tried to cut rounds but it was hard work so I simply cut them into squares. I laid them on my cheeseboard for friends and they were blown away by my homemade cheese biscuits. So proud!’

    RUTH HULME – ‘I made these with a smaller amount of sugar for cheese and liked the crumbly texture.’

    SAMUEL RAFTER – ‘I love making my own version of something I can buy in the shops – it makes me smile. I added 100 g sugar to make a sweet digestive and then coated one side thickly in Cadbury’s chocolate – yum.’
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