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Scottish Sweet Buns (Empire Biscuits)

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 Minutes
  • Total Time: 53 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Scottish


These sweet buns are a traditional Scottish sweet. Also called Empire Biscuits. They are easy to prepare and a great cross between a bun, a biscuit, and a cake.


3 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup milk

3 eggs

2 TBSP vanilla

1 T baking powder

1 pinch salt

2 cups powdered sugar

4 TBSP water

maraschino cherries


In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and soft butter until well combined and fluffy.

Add in the eggs one at a time, and then the milk and the vanilla.

Carefully mix in the flour, baking powder and salt, until just combined.

Place in the fridge to for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silat mat.

Drop the dough by ice cream scoop fulls onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 7-8 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cool, whisk together the powdered sugar and the water in a small bowl.

Drizzle the frosting over the empire biscuits (or dunk the tops straight into the bowl) and then place on a wire rack.

Add a maraschino cherry to the top of each biscuit.