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Jammy biscuits

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 16-20
Dietary Vegetarian
From Something for the Weekend


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.

  2. In a bowl, rub together the butter, sugar, vanilla seeds and flour, using your fingertips.

  3. Bring the mixture together to form a dough, turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until the dough is smooth. Roll into a ball, then wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

  4. When the dough has chilled, roll it out onto a lightly floured work surface until it is about 6mm thick.

  5. Cut 7.5cm/3in discs from the dough using a cookie cutter or upturned mug.

  6. Divide the pastry discs into two portions. Cut a small 1.5cm/1¾in heart shape from each disc in the first portion using a shaped cookie cutter or sharp knife. Leave the remaining pastry discs whole.

  7. Lightly grease a baking tray and place all of the discs onto it. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until crisp and pale golden-brown. Remove from the oven and place onto a wire rack. Set aside to cool.

  8. When the biscuits have cooled, place one teaspoonful of clotted cream onto each of the whole biscuits. Spoon a small dollop of jam on top of the cream. Place the biscuits with the heart-shaped holes on top and gently squeeze together.


  • 150g/3½oz butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g/2¾oz sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped out with the tip of a knife
  • 225g/8oz flour, plus extra for dusting

To serve

  • 100g/3½oz clotted cream
  • 100g/3½oz ready-made strawberry or red cherry jam

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