So, I was browsing through some biscuit recipes on Pinterest and I came across this one by Brown Eyed Baker from It was simple and easy to follow so I decided to make it… but l added a twist to it….instead of vanilla I used uziza seeds. Uziza (piper guineense) is an African Plant; it has two parts the leaves and the seed. Uziza is a popular local spice mainly used in Nigerian dishes.


  • 250g salted butter
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  3 tsp uziza
  •  1egg
  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Uziza for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined and fluffy 1 to 2 minutes. Add the egg and uziza and beat for 1 minute or until combined.

Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour until combined.

Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip. Pipe the dough into 2-inch circles on the parchment paper . Sprinkle with uziza. ( the swirls are not perfect? dont worry mine isn’t either).

Bake, one pan at a time, until light golden brown 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing or serving

Recipe Note:

You can substitute butter for cooking margarine. The original recipe called for unsalted butter and a quater teaspoon of salt but l omitted the salt because l used salted butter( it’s not easy getting butter around here so l made use of what l saw at the store).

I did not blend the uziza to fine dust I used the pulse button on my blender to create the texture l want. I like the bits and small chunks.

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