Albanian Butter Biscuits (Biskota Gjalpë)


All biscuits in Albania are simple and can have sugar water added to them to form puddings. These Albanian butter biscuits use butter (homemade Albanian butter is amazing in this recipe!) and sugar to sweeten them.

Albanians make these in the early evening, adding chocolate chips or marshmallows to them to make a treat snack with my children’s milk – warm, soft and chewy, you have to eat more then one!


Albanian Butter Biscuits (Biskota Gjalpë)


Servings 12 biscuits

Cooking time: 25 Minutes



  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter (then half melted)
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Golden Syrup (Optional)
  • 1 Drop Vanilla Essence (Optional)



Mix the sugar, butter and syrup together. Add the flour, soda and vanilla and fold into a dough. With flour on your hands, break the dough into 12 pieces and roll each one into balls. Place on a greased / lined baking tray 5cm apart and use the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.

Sprinkle with some sugar. Place in the oven at 180 degree for 12-15 minutes. The butter biscuits should be a light golden and squishy in the middle. Leave to firm for 5 minutes before serving.



Try adding chocolate chips, mini marshmallows or white chocolate!

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