Hitting the Sweet Spot: Scotland's Cranachan Biscuits

While teams battle it out on the pitch, why not bring a taste of the competition into your kitchen with some culinary creativity?

In celebrating this fusion of food and football, we invite you to explore a selection of desserts inspired by several nations showcasing their spirit in the upcoming matches. These recipes promise a goal-worthy delight that’ll score with every bite, whether you’re a food professional looking to innovate or a foodie eager to try new flavours from the comfort of home.

For our first recipe, take the highland route and whip up a batch of Cranachan biscuits, a twist on the traditional Scottish dessert. Infused with whiskey and raspberries, the sweet, buttery biscuits with a crunch of oats are an ideal match day treat.

Originally created as a celebration of the summer raspberry harvest, cranachan was enjoyed as a breakfast dish comprised of lightly toasted oats, crowdie cheese, cream, honey, and fresh raspberries. Over time, it evolved into a beloved dessert, especially during festive occasions such as Burns Night.

Today, the modern rendition typically includes whisky, double cream, and heather honey, often presented in elegant layers. Cranachan biscuits capture the essence of this cherished treat, bringing together the toasted oats and the iconic flavours of raspberries and honey in a delightful, crunchy form. It's a tribute to Scotland’s enduring culinary heritage that's sure to score with dessert lovers everywhere.



  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for the whiskey flavour, freeze-dried raspberries, and double cream in an electric stand mixer. Mix on low to medium speed for 60 seconds until blended.
  3. Stir in freeze-dried raspberries and mix to distribute evenly.
  4. Gradually add whiskey flavour while continuing to mix. Follow with double cream to bring the mixture to a dough consistency.
  5. Roll into golf ball-sized spheres, slightly flatten them, and place them on a greaseproof-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15-16 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool before removing from the baking sheet. Enjoy as a snack whilst cheering on your team.