Gluten Free Empire Biscuits

Delectable Scottish Gluten Free Empire Biscuits are tasty shortbread cookies sandwiched together with jam and iced on the top, perfect with a cup of tea!
Course Cookie
Cuisine British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 288 kcal
Author Noshtastic



  2. Turn the oven on to 350F
  3. Cream the margarine and sugar together in your mixing bowl.
  4. sieve the flour and mix into the butter/sugar.
  5. roll out thinly to about 3-4mm or 1/8th inch and use a cookie cutter to cut into rounds.
  6. Place them on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (remove as soon as biscuits are firm on top but still pale)
  7. Once baked place them on a wire rack to cool
  8. Sandwich biscuits together with jam
  9. mix the icing sugar with a little lemon juice and water and coat the top of the sandwiched biscuit and leave until the icing dries.
  10. These cookies are best eaten the day they are made, or you could freeze them

Recipe Notes

1. I bake by weight as I find that gives the most consistent results, especially when baking gluten free. One cup of your gluten free flour blend may not weigh the same as my blend, all the commercially available blends have different mixes and ratios of flour in them. I’ve weighed cups of different blends of flour and noted that a cup of gluten free flour can vary in weight from 125g up to as much as 170g depending on how you scoop it, and what type of mix you use. You can see how this could drastically alter the outcome of a recipe.

I recognise that most Americans are used to the cup method which is why I also include those measurements,but they may not give you accurate results. If you are a keen gluten free baker I would encourage you to invest in a scale, you can get one for only $10 - $15.

2.I prefer to use my own homemade gluten free flour blend as it's cheaper and I get really great results.

3. If you can, avoid buying flour with gums already added. The reason for this is that you have no way of knowing how much gum is in there and that can alter the outcome of the recipe. So for example, too much gum can give you a more sticky texture in a cupcake. And though the cupcake recipe will still work, it won’t be as nice as if you measured and added the gum yourself.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Empire Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.