Things I have been cooking lately #129: Backlog biscuits

As I think I have mentioned, I started a new job last week although I had been doing parts of the new role for a couple of weeks before I officially started. As a Product Owner, which is what they call me now, I work with a team of developers who undertake the work for the project I am developing. It’s a very collaborate type of working and part of what I have to do is ensure that they buy into what I want to do and actually want to commit to the work. We do loads of sessions called “backlogs” where we look at all the things we have to build and make sure that everyone is on the same page. Backlogs are very interesting but they can be really intense so to keeps things flowing along to and to show my team how much I appreciate them I have started bringing home baked treats including these spicy cookies that have become known as “backlog biscuits”. I must pre-warn you that they are rather moreish so if you’re keeping your eye on your diet like I am it can be hard to stop after just one!


Backlog biscuits

225g butter at room temperature
110g caster sugar
275g flour
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
A pinch of cloves
1/8 of a freshly grated nutmeg
A pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 180 C and line two large cookie sheets with greaseproof paper.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and spices.

Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture to form a stiff dough.

Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and arrange them on the cookie sheets with some space for spreading. Press down gently with a fork to flatten.

Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 36 cookies – 78 calories per cookie


  1. I like the name and story behind it.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you! The team rated my performance after week one and put “bringing treats” in my good column and “speed of production of treats” in my improve column. They are very cheeky.

  2. What April said. And they seem so yummy!

    1. abbiosbiston

      They’re simple but that spice combination and the fact that they’re so buttery makes them irresistible.

  3. Sugar cookies are addicting. The only way I can avoid sweets is if I don’t make them or buy them. That’s hard since I grew up in a kitchen and worked half my life in the kitchens of restaurants, diners, hotels. Yummy to look at, though!

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s one of the reasons I take them to work. That way they disappear before I can eat too many of them.

      1. I eat a third, freeze a third, give away a third. 🙂

  4. Congrats on the new job. I always find baking keeps the work folks sweet. Also, I like your crockery. You have such good taste.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! It always amazes me how impressed people are with even the simplest of baking. I can’t actually take full credit for the crockery. Mr O found and picked it out. I just had to agree.

  5. I should talk more about your new job, but those biscuits look delicious!

  6. Those look so good! I need to be careful coming on to your blog when I am hungry!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! Even I sometimes get hungry doing the posts a few days after making the food!

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