Last Sunday while watching Brave, the Pixar’s movie, I noticed some cute little cakes glazed with white icing and decorated with a cherry.

Immediately a fell in love with them and I decided to do some research… I found out that they weren’t cakes but Empire biscuits, a kind of Scottish shortbreads paired with raspberry jam and decorate like in the movie.

So yesterday I baked them  and here’s the recipe 🙂

Empire biscuits

Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:12/15 minutes
Passive Time:30 minute rest
Servings:16 biscuits


  • For the dough
  • plain flour sifted: 360 grams
  • butter cold and diced: 160 grams
  • granulated sugar: 200 grams
  • medium eggs: 2
  • baking powder: 2 tsp
  • For the decoration
  • icing sugar sifted: 115 grams
  • milk: 2/3 tbsp
  • red glacè cherries: 8


  1. Put butter and sugar in a stand mixer bowl fittedwith the paddle attachment and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the flour, sifted with the baking powder, slowly, then the eggs one at a time.Transfer the dough on a floured surface, form a ball then wrap it with cling film and set in the fridge for half an hour.
  2. Roll the dough out on the floured worktop to 1 cm thick and cut out with a 4/5 cm round cookie cutter.
  3. Transfer the biscuits on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and press gently around their edges to have a dome shape. Put into the fridge for 10 minutes then bake in the preheated oven at 180°C for 12/15 minutes until slightly golden.
  4. Into a medium bowl combine the icing sugar with 2 tbsp of milk to have a smooth consistency. Add the third tbsp of milk only if it is necessary, the icing should not be too runny.Glaze the cookies and decorate each with half a cherry.


If you want to follow the traditional recipe just pair the biscuits with some raspberry jam.