Home-made Monte Carlo biscuit / cookie recipe

9 Mar


As a child I thought Monte Carlo biscuits were the very height of sophistication. They were the ‘fancy’ bickies that relatives offered when you visited and I used to make the treat last by pulling apart the two halves then scraping the raspberry icing off with my teeth. Oh, yes – so sophisticated. It has been many, many years since I last had a Monte Carlo, or any shop bought bickie actually, but when I saw the recipe for these filled bickies in a book called ‘Sweet! 260 Little Slices of Heaven’ by Sally Wise I felt an urge to get baking.

I’m pleased to report that these golden, buttery bickies are an utter joy to consume. Or to quote my boss, about 200 per cent better than the shop bought version.


125g softened butter, diced

125g sugar

3 teaspoons golden syrup

1 egg

1 tablespoon desiccated coconut

250g self-raising flour

For the icing

60 g butter, softened

1 ½ cup icing sugar, sifted

vanilla bean paste

boiling water

1/3 cup firm set raspberry jam

Let’s get to it:


Heat oven to 150C and line two trays with baking paper.

Cream butter, sugar and golden syrup in large bowl then whisk in the egg, fold in coconut and flour with a metal spoon.

Roll into ball size of a 20-cent piece/ one-inch diameter then gently flatten with fork that has been dipped in flour.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden.

Cool on trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack.


Mix softened butter with icing sugar, vanilla and enough boiling water to make a smooth, spreadable paste

Spread jam on half the biscuits then spread about half a teaspoon of icing on remaining biscuits. Pair jam and icing bickies together and join together.

Store in an airtight container for up to one week.


39 Responses to “Home-made Monte Carlo biscuit / cookie recipe”

  1. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen) March 9, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Now I am hungry mom after looking at these super chewy and delicious treats.

  2. Adsoes March 9, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Oh. Yeah. Baby.

    • thehungrymum March 10, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      I must say, they were pretty damn delish.

  3. mydearbakes March 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Oh my! Your bakes are just so fantastic! Yummy! =D

    • thehungrymum March 10, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      oooh, thanks! These would be such a doddle for you to make 🙂

  4. Little Gumnut March 10, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    mmmmm yummm

    • thehungrymum March 10, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Thank you! They are very buttery & moreish 🙂

  5. notedinnashville March 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    I’ve never heard of vanilla bean paste. Sounds like a wonderful addition to a baker’s pantry. These look lovely. I wish I was having them with my afternoon coffee.

    • thehungrymum March 11, 2013 at 1:00 am #

      Vanilla bean paste is *the* best! It is expensive but you only need an incy amount to get a beautiful vanilla taste. I use it all the time and my jar is still very full 🙂

  6. kelihasablog March 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Just looking at these makes me want them right now… LOL 😀

    • thehungrymum March 11, 2013 at 12:59 am #

      they tend to have the effect on people 🙂

  7. After Taste March 11, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I LOVE your blog. What a lovely discovery.

  8. Choc Chip Uru March 12, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    That is such a yummy looking recipe 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum March 12, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks! Every time I see your avatar I have a desire to bake choc chip *anything* but alas! I am out of choc chips 😦

  9. techie2mom March 12, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    LOL at “Oh, yes – so sophisticated”
    But i too am getting the urge to bake them and do the same licking with the teeth 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 12, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      MMm, the best way for sophisticated-types to eat bickies 🙂

      • techie2mom March 12, 2013 at 9:59 am #

        completely agree 🙂

  10. ParentingIsFunny March 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m a hungry mum just looking at those!

    • thehungrymum March 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      there’s nothing wrong with a little sugar hit now & then 🙂

      • ParentingIsFunny March 15, 2013 at 2:18 am #

        Unless you get hit by a flying bag of sugar. But I hear ya. 😉

      • thehungrymum March 16, 2013 at 6:24 am #

        hehehe! Didn’t think of quite like that 🙂

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    OMG I thought the same thing about Monte Carlos! In fact I would really love to visit Monte Carlo mostly because of the biscuits! 😛 And I ate them like that too!

    • thehungrymum March 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      I’d *love* to go to Monte Carlo, too! Would have to snuggle in some of the bickies to eat there 🙂

  12. eat sweet. by carla sue March 15, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    My Nan bought me that cookbook for Christmas! How wonderful is it?! Your monte carlos look absolutely delicious.

  13. Victoria March 16, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    These look oh so tender and good!

  14. girlinafoodfrenzy March 18, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    A national icon and they look fantastic too. Luckily I’ve given up my melting moment addiction at school but I think a Monte Carlo might be the perfect replacement…

    • thehungrymum March 18, 2013 at 5:31 am #

      Why, thank you 🙂 We Aussies sure do bickies well, eh?!

  15. tastytreats13 March 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Yum! This looks mouthwatering!

  16. Jayne April 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    These look wonderful! You have some great recipes here!

    • thehungrymum April 7, 2013 at 11:07 am #

      Thanks so much – I’m all about the bake!

  17. yummyinyatummy April 9, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    These look awesome! I’m going to have to try them! 🙂

  18. Christine @ Cooking Crusade April 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Monte Carlos were always my first pick of the Arnotts family pack of bikkies and as a kid I would always sneak off with the rest of them mwahaha. These look great and I definitely would love to try making them at home 😀

  19. nicole (thespicetrain.com) June 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    These look delicious and soo cute with their little tongues sticking out!

    • thehungrymum June 13, 2015 at 3:31 am #

      hehehe! They do look like that, now that you mention it 😉

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