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Top Ten Tea Biscuit Recipes

peanut-butter-tea-biscuitsI love making tea biscuits any chance I get. They are quite suitable to be added to any meal and the sweet versions make a great after lunch or a dinner snack.

Tea biscuits are incredibly easy and quick to make and that to me that is one of the most appealing attributes – not to mention that the aroma of freshly baked goods is always, always good!

Top 10 Tea Biscuits Recipes


1. Quick Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cut shortening in with pastry knife or 2 butter knives until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Add milk and stir with a fork to make a soft dough
  5. Knead about 10 times and gently roll out to desired thickness – no less than ½ inch.
  6. Cut out rounds with a cookie or biscuit cutter (I use small juice glass)
  7. Repeat by gently kneading dough into one piece and repeating cutting until you use up all your dough (do not work the dough too hard doing this or your biscuits will be tough)
  8. Place your biscuits on a greased cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until golden and save warm
  10. You can brush them with melted butter when you take them out of the oven for extra taste.

2. Beer Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup beer

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt
  3. Cut in shortening until dough has crumbly consistency
  4. Stir in beer and knead gently
  5. Roll the dough out to no less than ½ inch thickness
  6. Cut with round cookie or biscuit cutter
  7. Bake 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown

3. Sour Cream Biscuits


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. Add sour cream and mix together to make a soft dough. You can add water if you need to.
  3. Flour your hands and shape dough into desired biscuit shapes – soft round shapes work the best
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

4. Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, soda and salt
  3. Cut in margarine and make well in the centre
  4. Add sour cream, 2 tablespoons of milk and raisins.
  5. Stir until just combined – not a good idea to overmix this (you can add more milk at this point if you need to)
  6. Empty dough onto floured surface and gently knead about 10 times.
  7. Pat to no less than ½ inch thickness.
  8. Cut to round shapes with cookie or biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter in flour between each cut.
  9. Place each biscuit onto floured cookie sheet
  10. Bake at 450F for 10-12 minutes or until golden and cool slightly on a wire rack after baking.
  11. Stir together confectioner’s sugar and teaspoons of milk. Drizzle mixture over warm biscuits, then sprinkle with additional cinnamon/sugar mixture if you wish. I like using vanilla sugar and cinnamon mixture – the aroma is awesome!

5. Whipped Cream Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in cream
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead gently about 10 times
  4. Roll out to ¾ – 1″ thickness and cut with 2 inch round biscuit cutter
  5. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 425F for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Serve warm

6. Honey Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl
  2. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  3. Stir in milk and honey – only until just moistened.
  4. Turn the mixture onto floured surface and knead gently 8-10 times.
  5. Roll out to ¾ – 1″ thickness and cut into round shapes with 2 – 2-1/2 ” biscuit cutter
  6. Place on a greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart
  7. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown

7. Cinnamon Raisin Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients

Biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add milk and raisins and stir gently only until ingredients are combined.
  4. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes (You will want this dough to be nice and smooth)
  5. Roll to no less than ½ inch thickness
  6. Cut out round shapes about 2-1/2″ in diameter with cookie or biscuit cutter.
  7. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450F for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
  8. Combine the icing ingredients and drizzle mixture over warm biscuits

8. Upside Down Orange Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients

Biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Stir in milk until just moistened.
  4. Turn onto floured surface and knead gently for 10-12 minutes
  5. Roll out into 12 x 15 inch rectangle and spread with butter
  6. Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over butter
  7. Roll up jelly roll style, starting from the short side.
  8. Cut into 12 equal pieces.
  9. Place upside down in a greased 9 inch round baking pan.
  10. Combine topping ingredients and pour over biscuits
  11. Bake at 450F for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly brown
  12. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, invert onto serving plate and serve warm.

9. Cheddar Puff Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Bring milk and butter to boil in a large saucepan
  2. Add flour all at once and stir until you can form a smooth ball.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes
  4. Add eggs – one a time, beating well after each addition
  5. Add cheese, garlic powder and pepper, beat again until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  6. Drop by teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350F for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Serve warm and refrigerate leftovers.

10. Fluffy Whole Wheat Tea Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  1. Combine flours, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium size mixing bowl and mix together well.
  2. Cut in butter until mixture gets crumbly.
  3. Stir in milk until just moistened.
  4. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead gently about 10 times.
  5. Roll out to about ¾” thickness and cut shapes with round 2-1/2 inch biscuit or cookie cutter
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450F for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned
  7. Serve warm

Hope you enjoy these recipes – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is always welcomed!

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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Laura Marche Moraze - January 22, 2013

I’ve tried a few of your tea bun recipes and they are awsome.I haven’t been a tea bun maker before but I will definitely be one now.Thanks so much for posting

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    Hanna Trafford - January 29, 2013

    So glad it worked out for you! Tea biscuits are always favorites in our house and so easy to make!

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Natasha - May 10, 2012

I was wondering on average how many biscuits doe’s the cinnamon raisin recipe make?

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    Hanna Trafford - May 23, 2012

    Hi Natasha! I get this question a lot – it really depends on the size of biscuits you choose to make – but average size ones – you should get about a dozen.

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Shae Cooke - November 11, 2011

I am in absolute tea biscuit heaven and cannot wait to try each of these fabulous biscuit recipes. Thank you so much for sharing your very best!

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    Hanna Trafford - November 15, 2011

    Thanks for your comment Shae – I would love to hear back from you how your biscuits turned out! I just made the cheese ones couple days ago and they disappeared pretty much instantly – have fun baking!

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Shane - September 22, 2011

Noticed in the Cheddar Puff Recipe you call for chopped onion but don’t say when to add it, also noticed no salt in the list of ingredients, is the salt supposed to come from the butter?

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    Hanna Trafford - September 26, 2011

    Hi Shane! Thanks for pointing it out! I did it both ways – added the onions into milk and butter and another time I just added them when combining all ingredients. The flavour was stronger when I added them into the milk. Try it both ways and let me know which one you lied better! Thanks again!

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Dee - September 8, 2011

I tried the Cheddar puff recipe and they were very small, flat and chewy. I wonder if baking power would puff them up a bit.

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lindsey - June 15, 2011

Loved your simply iscuit, used it on turkey pot pie…. the biscuits were tasty, great perfect amount of salt, flaked apart like a dream.
Excellent, thank you

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    Hanna Trafford - June 17, 2011

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send me a message – hope all the recipes you use from my website will turn out as well for you as the biscuits did!

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Apryl - May 13, 2011

So far the recipe’s I have tried were all awesome. Right now I am making the cheese and onion ones and the mixture comes out like pancake mix. Is half a cup of flour right or is this a type error?

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    Hanna Trafford - May 13, 2011

    Thanks for letting me know-I will check into it , but meanwhile-I thunk it is 1-1/2 cups of flour, so add the cup and mix it in until you get the consistency you can work with. Please let me know how it worked out for you!

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jenny - January 26, 2011

just wondering if there is baking powder in the cheddar puff recipe?

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    Hanna Trafford - January 26, 2011

    Hi Jenny! Thanks for your question – and no – there is no need for baking powder in this recipe, since the pastry is made on a stove top, very much like puff pastry. Let me know how these turned out for you – I love them and hope that you will as well!

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Laura - January 16, 2011

Thank you so much for putting these recipes up! So far I’ve only tried the cinnamon sour cream biscuits but they were EXCELLENT! And they were perfect because it was getting to the end of the week and all I had left in the pantry were the ingredients to your cinnamon sour cream biscuits!
Thanks again 🙂
~Laura

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    Hanna Trafford - January 17, 2011

    Thanks so much Laura! I am glad the recipe worked out for you and I am looking forward to updated comments!

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