Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Barley Biscuits

with honey

These little cinnamon barley biscuits are crispy little lightly spiced mouthfuls, perfect to accompany a coffee. I use our organic barley flour in these, the flavour of which pairs nicely with the brown sugar and cinnamon. They look rather humble, but they’re surprisingly moreish. They’d also make a great base for a cheesecake crumbled up.

For slightly more subtle spicing, you can reduce the cinnamon a touch to half a teaspoon.

Makes 22 small biscuits


  • 160g barley flour
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt flakes
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 115g cold butter, cubed
  • 40ml wildflower honey


Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a hand whisk, to ensure even distribution of raising agent.

Using your hands, crumble in the butter and mix it with the ingredients lifting it up from a height and rubbing it in, until you reach the consistency of breadcrumbs.

Add the honey, and mix with your hands until you have a smooth dough.

Shape it into a cylinder, wrap tightly, and place in the fridge for at least two hours to chill. You can leave it in the fridge for up to a couple of days in advance if required.

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line two trays with baking parchment.

Unwrap the dough, and slice into rounds 4mm thick. Place on the baking trays (leaving room for them to expand) and prick the tops with a fork.

Bake for 15-17 minutes until medium golden brown. They can catch quite quickly so keep an eye on them towards the end, and remember they will crisp up more as they cool. Leave to cool on the trays until firm.

You can store them in an airtight container for up to three days, but I think they’re at their best shortly after baking.