Iced Gems Biscuits

Iced Gems Biscuits. They are a popular snack in Southeast Asia and are made with a buttery shortbread dough that is topped with a thin layer of icing. The icing is usually brightly colored and can be flavored with fruit or nuts.

I can’t confirm if they are sold in NYC bakeries, but you might be able to find them at Asian grocery stores. Here is a recipe for Iced Gem Biscuits if you’d like to try making them at home [Iced gem biscuits] Recipe Givn Below!

Here’s a recipe for Iced Gem Biscuits:


  • For the biscuits:
    • 50g unsalted butter, softened
    • 30g icing sugar
    • 20g egg yolk (about 1 yolk)
    • 10g milk powder
    • 70g cake flour
    • Pinch of salt
  • For the royal icing:
    • 150g icing sugar
    • 25-30ml water
    • Food coloring gels (optional)


  1. Make the biscuit dough:

    • In a bowl, cream together the softened butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in the egg yolk until well combined.
    • Sift in the milk powder, cake flour, and salt. Mix until just combined, a soft dough will form.
    • Cover the dough in cling film and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line baking trays with baking parchment.

  3. Roll out the dough:

    • Lightly flour a surface and roll out the chilled dough to about 5mm (¼ inch) thickness.
  4. Cut out the biscuits:

    • Use a small round cookie cutter (about 2cm diameter) to cut out shapes from the dough. Re-roll the scraps as needed to use up all the dough.
  5. Bake the biscuits:

    • Place the biscuits onto the prepared baking trays. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
    • Let the biscuits cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
  6. Make the royal icing:

    • In a clean bowl, whisk together the icing sugar and water until a smooth and thick icing forms. You can adjust the consistency by adding more water a little at a time if needed.
    • If desired, divide the icing into portions and add different food coloring gels to create different colored icing.
  7. Decorate the biscuits:

    • Once the biscuits are cool, spoon or pipe the icing onto the top of each biscuit. You can spread the icing with a small palette knife or use a piping bag with a small nozzle for more intricate designs.
  8. Let the icing set completely before storing.


  • For a richer flavor, use brown butter for the biscuit dough.
  • You can substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour, but the biscuits may be slightly less crumbly.
  • To make the icing set faster, add a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Get creative with the icing colors and designs! You can make stripes, dots, or even write messages on the biscuits.

Enjoy your homemade Iced Gem Biscuits!

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