1940s Honey and Ginger Biscuits Recipe

Bean has been learning all about World War 2 at school and this week they had a little party to celebrate VE Day where they wore 1940s clothes and had to take in 1940s food to eat. I found this recipe for Honey Biscuits online which I thought sounded tasty but I swapped an ingredient. In the original recipe they use cinnamon but as I had run out I replaced it with ground ginger and they came out delicious!

During the war sugar was rationed and honey was plentiful so it would have been used to sweeten in the place of sugar.


6 oz plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 oz Sugar

2.5 oz butter

1 tsp ground ginger

2 Tbsp honey

Pinch of salt

Cream the butter and sugar together then add the honey. Sift in the flour, baking powder, ginger and salt and mix to form a dough. Add a splash of water if necessary to bring the mixture together.

Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut out biscuit shapes. Placed on a sheet of grease proof paper and cook in the oven on a moderate heat for 10 minutes or until starting to go golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.




  1. July 8, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    I love old recipes that really stand the test of time. These look lovely! I hope you’ll link up to the #reciperoundup tomorrow over at @eatyours 😉 x

  2. July 14, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    These are such a wonderfully traditional recipe and I love the flavour combination. Thanks for linking up to #RecipeRoundup x

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