Onion biscuits recipe

by Tiggered

Onion biscuits - delicious, easy-to-make snack and a healthy alternative to shop bought nibbles

I discovered the recipe for onion biscuits many years ago, when I was still a university student with chronic cash problems and little baking knowledge. Some things changed, some did not. I am no longer a student. I've become very good at baking, although I remain stubbornly penniless. Onion biscuits still appear on my table whenever I feel like a snack. They are just as good as shop bought crackers, but far more budget friendly. They are quick and easy to make and - probably the most important bit - I know exacly what ingredients are used in their creation.

If you want to try the recipe in your kitchen, read on.

All photos by Tiggered

What do you need to make onion biscuits?

ingredients for onion biscuitsThe ingredient list for onion biscuits is not too sophisticated - in fact, your fridge probably already contains all of them. 

You will need:

- 1.5 cup plain flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 1/2 stick butter

- 2 eggs

- 2 onions, chopped to tiny bits

- 2 tbsp sour cream

- 1 tsp salt

If you want to make your biscuits a bit more fancy, add an extra egg and some poppy seeds to this list. 

The equipment is just as basic.  Baking tray, rolling pin (as I don't own one, I use a bottle - works just as well), cookie cutters (or an upturned glass).  The only fancy gear I used was a silicone pastry brush - solely because I bought it recently and wanted to try it out :)

What's your favourite snack?

How to prepare onion biscuits?

onion biscuit doughI am a big fan of no-fuss baking.  Hence, my instructions will be extremely straightforward:

Throw all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Knead until they change into elastic dough. 

(Note:  some cooks recommend chopping butter into small bits, mixing baking powder into flour before adding them to the mix, etc.  It wouldn't hurt, but I bake my onion biscuits without bothering with such details and they taste just as delicious.  End of note.)

Roll out until you get a sheet of dough about 5 mm thick.  Cut out the desired cookie shapes - I went for stars this time, but it really doesn't matter. 

Move biscuits onto a baking tray.  They grow a bit, remember to allow some space for this.

Optionally, brush your biscuits with egg/egg yolk and sprinkle them with poppy seeds. 

Bake until golden - in my oven this means about 15 minutes. 

Serve onion biscuits to someone you really like.  Watch the biscuits disappear.

Baking onion biscuits - in pictures

ungarnished onion biscuitsonion biscuits with silicone pastry brushonion biscuit topped up with poppy seed

Onion biscuits tips and tricks

freshly baked onion biscuits1.  Make sure your cookie cutter has sharp edges.  Those bits of chopped onion really need to be cut through. 

2.  I didn't have any sour cream, so I used buttermilk instead.  It worked well, I imagine yoghurt or kefir would, too.

3.  Experiments with the topping are totally allowed.  I like poppy seeds, but how about coarse salt, sesame seeds or cumin seeds instead?

4.  My biscuit-taster claimed I should have added more onion, much more.  I consider this a tempting idea.

5.  I used whole egg for topping, but I wish I used yolk only.  It doesn't really influence how onion biscuits taste, but it would look much better on the pictures :)

How to upgrade onion biscuits?

onion biscuits close upIf you want to make your onion biscuits even fancier, try adding one or combination of the following ingredients to the dough:

- grated cheese

- bacon bits

- ham

- poppy seeds

- sliced mushrooms

I haven't try any of the above combinations so far, but the ingredients go well together in other circumstances, so I'd be optimistic as to the outcome.  I'll let you know as soon as I have some solid knowledge :)

Homemade nibbles (such as onion biscuits) vs shop bought snacks - which one would you choose?

Shop bought - cooking/baking is just too much hassle
MHeart on 07/09/2012

I wish I had time to make these!

I prefer homemade - I value my health/money/integrity
Guest on 03/24/2013

I'm bookmarking this to try when I'm in the mood to chop onions. Sounds delicious. In the US, biscuits don't have eggs in them, so I'm guessing this is a Canadian or British recipe.

Have a biscuit!

a plateful of onion biscuits
Updated: 04/08/2013, Tiggered
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