Bourbon Biscuits

So it was week two on the Great British Bake off last week and my daughter wanted me to bake her some biscuits.  One of her favourites are Bourbon Biscuits, for those of you not familiar with these, unfortunately they’re not a whiskey flavoured biscuit but a chocolate sandwich biscuit.  I found this recipe on the Good Housekeeping website.

What you need:

For the biscuit
250g/9oz plain flour, plus extra for rollingIMG_0569
125g/4oz unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
50g/2oz cocoa powder
125g/4oz caster sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the filling
75g/3oz unsalted butter, softened
125g/4oz icing sugar
15g/½oz cocoa powder

What you do:

  1. Put all the biscuit ingredients into a free standing mixer and mix until combined together. I used my dough hook for this and it worked perfectly. Tip the dough on to a work surface and bring together.
  2. Roll out the dough on a sheet of baking parchment, try to make it rectangular as you roll and dust your rolling pin with flour if needed.  This is quite tricky as the paper slides as you roll, you could weight the corners down or just persevere as I did.Bourbon Biscuits
  3. Trim to a 23cm x 30.5cm (9in x 12in) rectangle and cut lengthways into 3 even strips, keeping the strips together cut across them at 1 inch intervals, keeping the rectangles together. I used the end of a cocktail stick to mark the long edges of each biscuit with five dots so that they looked like a traditional Bourbon. Chill for 30 minutes, whilst chilling preheat your oven to 180°c.
  4. The original recipe says bake for 25 minutes which I did and my biscuits burnt.  I would suggest baking for 18 minutes max, remove from the oven and cut through the marks to make sure biscuits are separated. Leave to cool completely.Bourbon Biscuits
  5. When cool, make the filling by putting the butter into a large bowl and sifting in the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Mix until combined.  Don’t add any liquid as the icing should be thick.
  6. Sandwich the cooled biscuits together with the chocolate filling, I tried using a piping bag but the filling was just too thick so just had to spread it over.Bourbon Biscuits

Despite the yummy chocolate filling and the perfect biscuit texture, unfortunately for me my biscuits still had that lingering burnt taste.  I hope yours turn out better.

Bourbon Biscuits

Until next time…Happy Baking!


  1. 4th September 2016 / 3:44 pm

    They do look fab Lindsay. Guess you know for next time …

    Hope the job is going well.

    • 7th September 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you! Practice makes perfect so they say!
      It is thanks Shaz, just so incredibly busy I can’t keep up 🙂

  2. 4th September 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I’m so impressed you made bourbons!!! 🙂 They look great! I’ll have to catch up on weeks 2 and 3 of Bake Off when I get back from hols 🙂

    • 4th September 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you…shame they tasted a little burnt. All trial and error 🙂

  3. 6th September 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Amazing – love retro recipes like this. They look yummy!

    • 7th September 2016 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you. Unfortunately they looked better than they tasted 🙁

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