Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Custard Creams, Yo Yo's or Melting Moments

All depends what part of the country you're in, I suppose. The recipe I used was from my high school text book "Day to Day Cookery" and they were called "Custard Creams". That delightful nearly fudge-like biscuit with lemon icing sandwiched between. I do love them iced with passionfruit icing but I had leftover lemon icing in the freezer so used that. Any biscuit that involves the dough being rolled into balls is a good one to get the kids involved. More dough goes into their mouths than it does on the baking tray, but that's okay. They're really getting the hang of it.

Custard Creams

160g butter, melted
1/2 cup icing sugar
1.1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup custard powder

NB: If you don't have custard powder, use 1/2 cup cornflour and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

2 tbs butter
1 cup icing sugar
juice of half a lemon (add more if required)

NOTE: As a convenience and time-saver to me, I have been melting the butter when making biscuits lately instead of creaming with the sugar and the biscuits always work out well. I'm not sure what difference it makes but it's a great time-saver. I also roll my biscuits into very small balls. I feel I get a lot more that way and they seem to last longer.

  1. Combine melted butter and icing sugar.
  2. Sift flour and custard powder together.
  3. Add to butter mixture and mix into a stiff paste.
  4. Roll into small balls and place on baking tray.
  5. Press each biscuit down slightly with a floured fork (or as I did) with the bottom of a glass.
  6. Bake in a 160 deg C (150 deg C fan forced) oven until a pale golden colour, approx 10 mins.
  7. Join in pairs with lemon icing.
Combine all ingredients until a stiff paste forms. Use as required.



  1. I'm not sure I care what you call them Anne, they look delicious!

  2. Now there's a childhood memory....

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  3. That looks so yummy, I believe I'm going to go have a snack now ;)

  4. Your recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" today and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  5. oh these look wonderful! i'd love it if i could feature them on my blog. let me know if that's ok :)

  6. This recipe is from a high school textbook? That is too funny. They look very very yummY!

  7. Oh my gosh, these look like one of the best cookies I've ever seen!!! I am definitely making it - I love custard filled cookies but have never even thought to make them! Great recipe Anne!!

  8. Oh my, those look delicious! And beautifully photographed too :)

    This Good Life

  9. These look delicious! I'll have to pin them and give them a try!


  10. Hi Anne! I'm visiting via Fresh Food Friday. I'm so glad I stopped by your blog as I am always looking for new and delicious recipes. It's so fabulous to meet another Brissie Blogger too!

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe for those yummy biscuits! My sister makes these but I have never been able to perfect them. I might see if your recipe will give me more success!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  11. Oh, my word! These look so decadant! But I don't think I've ever seen "custard powder" here in the US. Any idea where I could find it?

  12. Hi Anne,
    What a lovely presentation for your Custard Creams. Your scarf under the tray is just beautiful hand work. It must be a special piece. The Custard Creams look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and sure hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. These look like heaven! MMMM! I am a new follower! I would love it if you follow me back! Thanks!


  14. These look amazing. I may have to try these sometime

  15. These look so yummy! And they are soo cute. Would be great for a shower!

  16. These look so good. I've never heard of custard powder though - any chance it has a different name in the US?

  17. What a coincidence! My 11-year-old son has just caught the cooking/baking bug (Thank you, Masterchef!), so I pulled out my old, falling-to-pieces 32-year-old copy of Day to Day Cookery and we made Apple Crumble together. YUM! He then flicked through the, as I said, falling-apart pages and found a recipe for "Honey Biscuits", which are very similar to this one, but with honey instead of the custard powder. Again, YUM! I've half a mind to make my way through the whole book and blog about it a-la-Julie and Julia. Some of the recipes are so delightfully old-fashioned. (I found your blog by googling an image of the DtDC cover, because I've lost mine (again, because it is falling to bits) and I want to blog about it.

  18. Anne, I think you should move closer to Melbourne...these look yummy.
    x Marnie


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