Too good to share: Cheese and Walnut Biscuits

WARNING! These are very moreish. They are not totally healthy but are delicious. You will polish off a whole plate of these in a matter of minutes! You have been warned of the dangers.

The recipe belongs to my grandmother. My grandparents where on a trip in The Lake District in 1979 and they came across a little café serving sweet cakes and assorted biscuits. The café offered a small booklet which contained the recipes of the items they sold apart from the cheese and walnut biscuits. My grandmother asked the owner for the recipe and she copied it down. These biscuits are now a family favourite. My dad and I fight over who gets the last biscuit. Often he wins but I have the recipe to make more!

These are perfect for any occasion. They go well with a cup of tea as a nice alternative to sweet treats or served with a glass of wine.


Yields: 12

Time: 30 minutes



115g strong cheddar cheese

115g self-raising flour

100g warm butter

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of ground black pepper

1 pinch of cayenne pepper

1 egg for glaze

Walnuts for topping



  1. Heat the oven to 160C fan.
  2. Grate the cheese using the larger option on the grater.
  3. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl apart from the egg and walnuts and mix together. The mixture will be dry but don’t add any liquid.
  4. Using your hands shape the mixture into small burger patties and place them on a non-stick tray. Leave space between each as they will spread out.
  5. Beat the egg and brush lightly over the top of each biscuit and place a walnut on top for decoration.
  6. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool slightly on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Be careful as they are still soft at this stage and can break.


In the oven to cook, but that smell…I cant wait 10 minutes till done. I want them now!

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