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4.53 from 23 votes

English Digestive Biscuits

If you've ever been to the UK, you've probably sampled McVitie's Digestive Biscuits (a.k.a. cookies in the US).  I know that the name isn't very appealing, but the taste definitely is!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: British
Servings: 30 English Digestive Biscuits
Calories: 52kcal


  • 1 cup (3.55 ounces, 100 grams) old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup (3.55 ounces, 100 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.32 ounces, 38 grams) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 100 grams) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) milk


  • Process oats in food processor fitted with steel blade for 20 seconds, or until finely ground. Add whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt to the oats; pulse 10 times or until well combined. Add the butter; pulse 10 times or until about the size of corn meal. Add the milk, and pulse until the dough begins to come together, 10 to 15 times.
  • Empty the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap; knead several times to form into a disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C).
  • Place half of the dough on a piece of parchment paper that has been lightly dusted with flour. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and roll to a thickness of ⅛-inch (3mm). Cut into 2-inch disks, re-rolling any trimmings. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Remove from oven; cool completely on wire rack. Yield 24 to 30 biscuits.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg