This recipe for semolina biscuits has stood the test of time as it was originally printed in Woman’s Weekly magazine in 1944. The dough is rolled out and cut into sun and moon shapes. Great for all the family.
Serves: 30
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 60g (2oz) butter


    • 90g (3oz) caster sugar


    • 125g (4oz) plain flour


    • ½ level tsp baking powder


    • 60g (2oz) semolina


    • 4 tbsp milk


    • ½ tsp almond essence


    • 5.5cm (2¼in) plain cutter


    • 2 baking sheets, lightly buttered or lined with Bakewell paper






    1. Cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the flour, baking powder and semolina and add enough milk to make a stiff paste, and then add the almond essence. If too soft to roll out at once, wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes, while the oven heats up to Gas Mark 4 or 180°C.


    1. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and stamp out rounds with the cutter, then with the same cutter, stamp out halfway across each round to give half moon and oval shapes.


    1. Place the shapes on the baking sheets and bake for 12-13 minutes. When firm, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight tin or jar



Nutritional information per portion



fat 2.0g saturates 1.0g calories 50(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.