Welsh Cakes (Picau Ar Y Maen)

  • Serves

    makes About 4 Dozen

Digital producer Michellina Jones learned how to make these subtly sweet, spiced currant cookies from her mother-in-law, Laura, who makes them at the holidays. With a crumbly texture akin to a scone, they make a great snack alongside tea or coffee.


  • 5 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 cup milk
  • 5 oz. currants


Step 1

Whisk together flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat on medium-high speed with a hand mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly add dry ingredients and milk; beat on low speed until just combined. Fold in currants. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a 14" circle, about 1⁄4"-thick. Using a 3" round cutter, cut out cookies and place onto baking sheets. Heat a griddle over medium-high and cook cookies, flipping once, until golden, 6 minutes.

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