Custard Cream Cookies


custard cream cookies
It was Valentine’s Day recently and, like every Valentine’s Day in the past 10 years, I baked my husband’s favourite Custard Cream Hearts. He frequently asks for these cookies at other times of the year, too, but it seems that by the time I get around to making them again, Valentine’s Day would once more sneak up on me.

So as my husband has to indeed wait a long time between eating his favourite biscuits, I think they have become just a bit more special. This year, I put in a bit of extra effort and made a triple batch, not least because he now has to share the cookies with the children!

custard cream cookies

To mix it up a little, I made one batch of Custard Cream Hearts, and the others I made into more traditional-looking custard cream cookies using one of my favourite cutters, a fluted rectangular cookie cutter with small prongs to create decorative holes. It is, in fact, an old-fashioned petit beurre cookie cutter which I found at a flea market many years ago.

petite beurre is a popular French butter biscuit, and even more popular are the ones with the a layer of chocolate on top! I hope to share a recipe shortly.

petit beurre cookie cutter

But for now, here are the Custard Cream Hearts revisited. Naturally, you can use any cookie cutter shape you like – just adjust the baking time accordingly.

custard cream cookies

Custard Cream Cookies

Recipe adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 16 cookies


For the cookies

  • 175 g plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons Bird’s custard powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 g (3 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 50 g vegetable shortening or lard
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

For the custard cream

  • 1 tablespoon Bird’s custard powder
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 50 g (3 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon boiling water


  1. To make the cookies, put the flour, custard powder, baking powder, sugar, butter and vegetable shortening (or lard) into the bowl of a standmixer and beat until you have a crumbly mixture.
  2. Add the egg and milk and beat again until the mixture clumps together.
  3. Wrap the mixture in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  5. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface to about 4mm thickness.
  6. Cut out shapes from the dough and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  7. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
  8. To make the custard cream, mix together all of the ingredients until you have a smooth, but thick, mixture.
  9. Sandwich each cookie together with about a teaspoon of custard cream.
  10. Makes about 16 cookies.


  • Serving Size: 16
  • Calories: 151
  • Sugar: 9.8g
  • Sodium: 10.8mg
  • Fat: 8.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.3g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 31.2mg

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  1. Pam Greer 28 February 2017

    Those look delicious! I can see why they are your husband’s favorite!

  2. David @ CookingChat 28 February 2017

    I’m sure waiting for these all year make them particularly special! They look tasty.

    • Eat, Little Bird 3 March 2017

      Thanks, David! Hopefully he won’t have to wait so long next time 😉

  3. Tara 28 February 2017

    Such a wonderful Valentine’s tradition! I can see why he asks for them. These cookies sound incredible and I love that rectangular cutter.

    • Eat, Little Bird 3 March 2017

      It’s my favourite cutter 🙂 My children will use 20 different types of cutters when we make cookies, but I always reach for this one!

  4. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables 28 February 2017

    Ohhh those cookies look delicious! I love the shape you cut them into!

  5. These look so sweet! My partner loves custard creams, and I so have to make these for him

  6. Elaine @ Dishes Delish 1 March 2017

    Sign me up! These cookies looks so delicious. I can’t wait to get some of that custard powder!

    • Eat, Little Bird 3 March 2017

      I have a tub of custard powder at home just for making these cookies!

  7. Beeta @ Mon Petit Four 3 March 2017

    Oh my, I can totally see my mom going crazy for these. She’s obsessed with anything custard. I love the shape you cut these out too! 🙂

    • Eat, Little Bird 4 March 2017

      I hope you will get to try this recipe soon 🙂 Definitely something for custard lovers!

  8. Erin 3 March 2017

    These are so cute!!! My girls would love to make these with me.

  9. cakespy 4 March 2017

    Classic and perfect. Pretty as a picture. I want them!

  10. Aimee Mars 4 March 2017

    These are absolutely adorable! I want to make them right now!!


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