Parliament Cakes or Parlies

Preparation info
  • Makes:


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      15 min

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By Geraldene Holt

Published 2011

  • About

Said to have been named after members of parliament, these intensely-flavoured ginger biscuits were once sold on street stalls in Edinburgh. They are best made with freshly bought ground ginger instead of the tired old stuff at the back of the cupboard.


  • 120 g / 4 oz butter
  • 120 g / 4


Cream the butter with the sieved sugar and treacle until light. Gradually work in the flour sieved with the ground ginger to make a stiff dough. Drop teaspoons of the mixture on to the prepared baking sheet leaving room for the biscuits to spread.

Bake in the preheated oven for