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Countdown to Christmas: Fork Biscuits

These simple fork biscuits are a favourite of English food writer, chef, baker and television presenter Mary Berry’s.

Mary, who is also the author of My Kitchen Table: 100 Sweet Treats and Puds, said these biscuits first made their appearance in an old red Cordon Bleu cookery book. She has since been making them for years.

Follow her simple recipe and enjoy your fork biscuits with a hot cup of tea or serve them to friends, family and other visitors this festive season.


  • 100g (4oz) softened butter
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 150g (5oz) self-raising flour

You will also need two baking trays.


Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C of you’re using a gas-powered stove).

Lightly butter two baking trays.

Measure the butter into a bowl and beat to soften.

Gradually beat in the sugar and then the flour. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough.

Form the dough into 16 balls about the size of a walnut and place spaced well apart on the prepared baking trays.

Dip a fork in a little water and use this to flatten the biscuits.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes until a very pale golden.

Lift off the baking tray and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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