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Homemade malted milk biscuits recipe

There are days when a store bought biscuit won’t do. You know the days – grey and drizzly. Days where comfort food is necessary. For days like that then our homemade malted milk biscuits are just what you need. Enjoy them with a steaming mug of tea, dunk into a hot chocolate, or my personal favourite – have as a snack, whenever!

History of malted milk

Did you know that malted milk biscuits were first created in 1924 by Elkes Biscuits of Uttoxeter, a company that is now owned and part of Fox’s biscuits? Go back a little further and you’ll find out that the staple that is now malted milk was created by London pharmacist James Horlick. His idea of using a malt based nutritional supplement for infants has evolved into the staple that we use now.

Fun fact: Maltesers are made of malt, too!

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Homemade malted milk biscuits recipe

Yield: 30

Homemade malted milk biscuits

A candle flickers on a table filled with freshly-baked desserts and snacks.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp of good quality vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 1 medium free range egg
  • 350 of plain, all purpose flour
  • 50 g malted milk powder, such as Ovaltine or Horlicks
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas 4. Then line two large baking trays with grease proof paper - set aside. Then in a large bowl beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Next add the syrup and the egg to the mixture, and beat. Then add the flour, malted milk powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix thoroughly - it should all come together as one large ball. It is also worth noting that Ovaltine makes darker biscuits, whilst Horlicks makes lighter ones!
  3. Divide the dough into four equal parts (you can use a weighing scale to help, or just go by feel). Put one piece between two sheets of grease proof paper and using a rolling pin, roll the dough until you have the thickness of a pound coin.
  4. Remove the paper and cut into biscuit shape size rectangles.Use the edge of a sharp knife to flute the edges. Place in the baking tray, and repeat with the remaining dough, Bake for around 10-12 minutes then cool.

This easy to prepare yummy recipe was provided by Co-operative Food

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 grams

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 3.9gUnsaturated Fat: 0g

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    Stephen Griffiths

    Sunday 25th of April 2021

    Try 10mg of cocoa powder with 50mg of Horlicks. Spectacular


    Tuesday 7th of April 2020

    Oh how I love these. Can’t wait for my toddler to give them a try! We can’t buy these in Germany and I was craving some so I searched and find your recipe. I was so tempted to try it, just needed to wait for my Horlicks to arrive all the way from the UK 🤪 now: the biscuits are gorgeous! Just tried one fresh off the oven and holy yum! Love them! I didn’t use golden syrup and I only used half the amount of sugar (went with light muscovado). I used date paste instead and it turned out great! Thank you!


    Thursday 2nd of June 2016

    Surprised!! Usually we'll get milk biscuits from outside but never gave a try to prepare it at home. Kids love to have it, I must surely try it. Good food idea and thank you.

    Remsun Dbbrma

    Monday 16th of May 2016

    Home Made malted milk biscuits the name itself made my mouth water and I will definitely try this at home, what an awesome series of homemade items you are sharing. Hats off.

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