Not a Scotch Finger Biscuit
Not a Scotch Finger Biscuit

What’s with the name?

When I made these delicious biscuits I declared to Pizzaboy that they tasted like Scotch Finger biscuits. He shook his head in disagreement and said, “Its not a scotch finger.” Both of us couldn’t remember the last time we had eaten a scotch finger and made sure we bought a packet on our next trip to the supermarket.

Well, it turned out not to be the same as a scotch finger. It was less crumbly, more wholesome and just as cheerful. The malted milk powder and cream cheese made it just that bit more special.

It also tasted spectacular dipped in a cup of tea.

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Not a Scotch Finger Biscuit
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies
2 3/4 cups (315g) plain flour
3/4 cup malted milk powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
85g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (225g) sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/ Preheat oven to 150degrees (350F).

2/ Sift together the flour, malted milk powder, baking powder and salt

3/ With a stand mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and cream cheese together until creamy. Add the sugar at a steady stream. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture and beat together just enough to combine.

4/ Transfer dough to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe 5-6cm (2.5 inches) strips onto baking sheets, spacing them approximately 2cm apart.

5/ Bake until the bottom edges are brown, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely

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  1. tigerfish

    Reminded me of the round- swirl -type cookie in the tin of varietal danish butter cookies. ;p

  2. Maria @ Scandi Foodie

    They look gorgeous Amy, perfect with a cold glass of milk ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. OohLookBel

    I love a good Scotch finger and these sound even better (definitely must dunk in tea!). Just need to find some Horlicks….

  4. Susan

    I haven’t had scotch finger biscuits for ever either! I used to love those things! I went to buy horlicks the other day, but didn’t cause it was like 10 bucks! has it always been that expensive??

  5. Von

    I was never much of a fan of scotch fingers- until I tried the chocolate dipped ones ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I like them- with or without chocolate! This looks really really good- I can see why you would have thought they tasted like scotch fingers….

  6. cityhippyfarmgirl

    They would beat scotch finger biscuits hands down! (Although I was rather partial to one or 10 when I was a youngster raiding my grandparents pantry.)
    I would never have guessed there was cream cheese in there.

  7. sweetlife

    cute post, the first picture is stunning..perfect light..and the cold milk and not scotch fingers look divine, glad to see you’s the new home?


  8. Reeni

    They look positively delicious! I was just going to make a cup of tea – wish I had a few of these to go with it!

  9. tasteofbeirut

    The photo is so beautiful, I would drink the milk and i hate milk! These cookies look and sound perfect in their classic shape

  10. Vivienne

    this is the first time i saw a recipe using of my fav childhood drinks haha! im curious about the taste! must be soo good i imagine!

  11. Rosa

    Those look delicious! I’ll have a few wi
    th a glass of cold milk, please. ;-p



  12. mashi

    This reminds me of those Danish biscuits in a royal blue tin. Can definitely have a cookie with a cuppa now =)

  13. Rhonda (The Dainty Baker)

    hehehe are u suuureee theyre NOT a scotch finger biscuit?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ they look perfect for peckish person like me!

  14. Kitchen Butterfly

    They look every bit the party of Scotch fingers which while I’ve never had, I assume are stately, manly cookies. Send me some and I’ll complete my diagnosis – they look gorgeous

  15. grace

    well now, here’s an awesome use for my pastry bag! i love the look of these beauts, regardless of the name. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. MaryMoh

    I would love some of that. Looks very delicious. I love malted milk powder. I’m sure it gives lovely flavour to the biscuits. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at

  17. anh

    A cookie recipe with horlick. YES YES YES!

  18. angie

    I can’t even remember the last time I had a scotch finger!

  19. betty

    oh yummy they look great!

  20. elena

    We are just back from our honey moon in Australia and we are scotch fingers addicted, but they are not sold here in Italy. Your receipt seems great. Can you please send me some information about the soft cheese you used? Thanks!