RECIPE: Budget Friendly Baking: 135 Biscuits for Less Than FOUR DOLLARS!

Trying to save on groceries when your kids are constantly raiding the biscuit barrel is tricky.

Ticking all the boxes, this recipe is budget friendly baking at its finest AND it makes a whole stack of biscuits!

It’s high fives all round with this awesome and easy, budget-friendly biscuit recipe. 135 biscuits for less than $4? Crazy – but it can be done!

These biscuits are simple to make. They’re a plain, sweet biscuit which the kids love. Want to amp them up? You can add a stack of add-ins to change them up – sultanas, cocoa, mini M&Ms, chocolate chips – whatever your heart and stomach desire. And if you’re on a budget – use whatever is already hanging around in the pantry. Here’s how…

Budget Friendly Biscuit Recipe


  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 500g margarine
  • 395g tin condensed milk
  • 5 cups self-raising flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two large baking trays with baking paper and set aside. (Note you might need more than two trays, depending on their size!)
  2. In a large bowl and using an electric stand mixer, cream together the margarine and sugar until they’re a pale and creamy consistency.
  3. Add the condensed milk and flour to the bowl and mix together until just combined. If you wanted to add any extra ingredients (cinnamon, nuts, chocolate chips for example) do so now by gently folding them in, careful not to crush them.
  4. Spoon rounded teaspoon size balls (or use a super small ice cream scoop) and place them on the prepared trays. Using a floured fork, lightly press the top of them them so they stay put.
  5. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes until the edges of the biscuit turn light gold. Watch for hot spots in your oven – a couple might turn dark, before the edges of others have even browned, in which case rotate your trays at the half way mark.
  6. Let sit on the tray for a few minutes to cool and set a little. Remove from the trays and cool completely on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy your budget friendly biscuits for one week.

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An original Simple Savings recipe, supermarket home brand ingredients were used to keep the cost down.  It goes without saying, depending on where you shop, you could make this recipe EVEN CHEAPER if you have really competitive supermarkets around.

Love budget friendly baking? Want to squeeze the family budget a little tighter? Take a look at our Shelf Cooking Challenge. PLUS, we have a pantry full of budget friendly recipes for you to try – including meals you can get on the table for LESS than $10!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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  1. Avatar of Blossom

    Does anybody have an alternative to condensed milk that is dairy free?

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