Emine’s Little Biscuits for the Road!

These little biscuits have been with me all my life… My grandmother, Emine, made them  for get-togethers, tea parties, and especially as snacks for road trips. We call this “Tuzlu” which means salty. She would put them in a ziplock bag and throw them in her purse before we embark on a long drive.These biscuits even traveled to Roma with her several months ago, feeding us for the first two days of our long walks…

You can almost eat them in one bite… if you are really good at cramming food in your mouth!

My grandma normally uses white cheddar, so hers don’t have the yellowish tint you see here. I had regular cheddar at home, which I used, but this recipe reminded me to keep some white cheddar handy in the fridge.The top, though, gets its yellowish color from a layer of egg yolk. You flatten the dough down to a 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a small (~2 – 2.5 inch dia) biscuit cutter or you can make different shapes if you want. After the third round of flattening the remaining dough and making cuts, I made a couple of ribbon shapes just for the fun of it!

The little black seeds are nigella seeds… They give great flavor and smell to the baked goods as well as dishes. It is widely used in Turkish cuisine, and if you have not tried them before, you can start by sprinkling on savory tarts and pastries. Or you can try this simple appetizer to get to know nigella seeds better: A friend of mine baked whole mushrooms with some Parmesan cheese  and nigella seeds sprinkled on top as an appetizer one time and it was delicious… I probably inhaled most of plate.

Hope you will enjoy these little rascals as much as I do!

Emine’s Little Biscuits (Tuzlu)

  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white (yolk will be used to brush on top)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon milk
  • 3.5 cups of all purpose flour (Honestly, I have not measured precisely, I used somewhere between 3 and 4 cups. Her recipe says 1 lbs flour)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Nigella seeds

1. Preheat the oven to 375-degree

2. Combine everything in a bowl except the egg yolk and nigella seeds.

2. Knead the dough and roll it out on the counter to 1/2 inch thickness.

3. Make small cuts with a biscuit cutter or any way you like it.

4. Brush the egg yolk on top and sprinkle nigella seeds.

5. Bake for 30 min or until the bottom and top are golden brown.


  1. by Kristi Rimkus
    10:32 pm
    Feb 13, 2011

    You really can’t beat recipes that come from Grandma. These are the prettiest biscuits I’ve every seen. I can taste them melting in my mouth.


  2. by Gokce
    2:33 am
    Feb 14, 2011

    I hadn’t know the translation of corekotu (nigella seeds). Learned something new today.
    Btw, these biscuits are so tasty with Turkish tea – with thin waisted glasses of course :-)

  3. by Ilke
    6:25 am
    Feb 14, 2011

    Thanks Kristi! They do fall apart quickly in your mouth!
    Gokce, for a long time, I thought they were called caraway seeds. I googled and compared pictures yesterday! Nigella sounds much better anyway for some reason :) Probably because of Lawson! :)

  4. by Rich
    8:50 am
    Feb 14, 2011

    Those look like great little rolls – I love cheesy biscuits, and I could totally put those down in one bite. In fact, I’d probably eat too many and make myself uncomfortable.

  5. by Linda
    9:46 pm
    Feb 15, 2011

    Those look just like Emine’s!! The pictures bring back such wonderful memories of our two trips to Turkey – and also of eating the delicious little biscuits Emine brought to Rome. When’s our next trip?

  6. by Ilke
    10:05 pm
    Feb 15, 2011

    Thanks Mom! I guess we should start planning the next one soon :)

  7. by ZERRIN
    3:58 pm
    Feb 16, 2011

    Annanene onu cok sevdigimi soyle. Ben ne seviyorsam annanenden onun tarifi geliyor.

  8. by Peggy
    4:41 pm
    Feb 16, 2011

    I love handed down recipes from families! These little biscuits are too cute and I’m sure they make great little snacks!

  9. by Meg (The Red Spoon)
    4:04 pm
    Feb 17, 2011

    Grandma recipes are always the best! My great grandmother had a recipe for an olive oil pie crust that I have wanted to try, I guess I need to get to that soon. As far as these biscuits, let’s just say I love all things bread. All things bread with cheese, well I might just hog them all!

  10. by sonia
    12:21 pm
    Feb 19, 2011

    Wow…these biscuits are one of the best homemade biscuits I have ever seen. First time at ur lovely space and loved every detail of ur recipe and much deserved ….stylish blogger award. Great doing.

  11. by Ilke
    9:11 am
    Feb 20, 2011

    Thanks Sonia! I am glad you found my little site! I am looking forward to visiting yours!:)

  12. by briarrose
    3:56 pm
    Feb 24, 2011

    What a wonderful treat and an excellent tradition to carry forward.

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