Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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EMPIRE BISCUIT, n. Two round shortcake biscuits with jam between and icing and a cherry or sweet on top.wm.Sc. 1991 Janice Galloway Blood (1992) 96:
It would be nice to be out for a wee bit of fresh air too, away from the paint fumes. Only a short walk to the bakery, but it would do. I selected a sausage-roll and an empire biscuit.
Fif. 1994 Courier 16 Jan :
A Cupar man has a weakness for Empire biscuits (round shortbread on shortbread with jam in between and icing on top). He regularly gets them from one baker in town.
Then he had occasion to go to another baker. When he asked for an Empire biscuit, he was told they called them Belgian biscuits.
Anyone know the difference?
Sc. 2002 Scotsman 3 Jun :
From marmalade to porridge oats, Scotland has made consumers out of Britain's imperial subjects, adding Empire biscuits to the roll-call of greats.
A species of jam sandwich with knobs on, the Empire interleaves layers of shortbread with a seedless raspberry preserve, topping the ensemble with icing and a glace cherry.
Despite its title, the Empire's imperial lineage is short. Formerly the "German Biscuit", its name dates from war-time, when mid-European titles lost their allure at home.
Classic examples can be found in the cafe at Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens, while Stewarts of Kearny, New Jersey, sell handsome Empires at 15 dollars a dozen.
Sc. 2003 Sunday Herald 12 Jan 1:
At home we ate Empire biscuits. At school we did Empire shooting.

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