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Sarah Castle's Kiwi Biscuits

This is my favourite recipe, not only because they are jolly fine biscuits, but it was my grandmother’s recipe, and my grandmother was also jolly fine. She was born in New Zealand in 1911, her father an immigrant from Shetland, and I like to think that as these biscuits are essentially shortbread, there’s a Shetland connection ongoing, even in our family’s cookie consumption. Nannie Maude had been a stage and radio actor, which I rather think influenced me!

It’s a simple and delicious recipe, and I have made them in many different places; and with a proffered platter of them, bought friendship in theatres amongst cast and crew!


Kiwi Biscuits

125g butter, softened

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons condensed milk

1 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate; or chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar. Add condensed milk, and mix briefly. Add sifted dry ingredients and chocolate. Mix carefully until just combined. Roll into balls (approx 26g) and flatten each with a fork, to leave decorative ridges on top. Cook for about 10 mins at Fan 160 (350F / Gas 4) until just starting to colour.

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