Vanilla-saffron Biscuit

The recipe below is great in that it could be used as a basis for a variety different tasting biscuits.  You could skip saffron and have purely vanilla tasting biscuit, add walnuts to the batter and have walnut-tasting ones or replace vanilla with orange or citrus zest to have the refreshing fruit tasting biscuits. And of course, you could use your creativity to add to the list!

I initially saw this recipe in a friend’s blog, Saloomeh’s Kitchen. Then I added saffron and pistachio component to her vanilla formula and felt it looked and tasted great!


  • Melted and cooled butter 125 gr (1/2 cup)
  • Caster sugar 110 gr (1/2 cup)
  • Liquid vanilla essence 1 teaspoon
  • Milk 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk
  • White flour 150 gr (1 cup)
  • Self-raising flour 110 gr (3/4 cup)
  • Saffron powder ¼ teaspoon, diluted in 1/2 tbsp.  warm water
  • Sliced pistachio 1 tbsp.  


  • Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F).
  • Line 2 baking cheeps with non stick baking paper.
  • Using an electronic beater on medium speed, beat together sugar and butter for about 3 minutes or until you get a homogenous and creamy batter. Add milk and vanilla and combine well.
  • Sift the self-raising and white flour together into a bowl. Slowly add the mix flour into your butter-mixed bowl and continue beating- now on slow speed, until the batter becomes difficult to beat.
  • Use your hand to get the batter off the beater and form a well-mixed dough. If it is too hard, you can add a bit milk; make sure no dry bits are left at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Using a tbsp., roll the dough into balls; place the balls 4 cm apart on the trays and press gently to flatten. 
  • Make a deeper whole at the center of each ball and add one drop of diluted saffron plus a few slices of pistachio.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until biscuits are raised and slightly cracked on top.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 3 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Place on a serving platter when completely cool.  


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