Chocolate Digestives

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Chocolate Digestives biscuit recipe from Baking with Granny.

Have you been watching Inside The Factory on BBC? It’s right up my little boys street, seeing as they want to know how everything in the world is made! The most recent one we watched was on Chocolate Digestive biscuits and of course, we had to try them for ourselves.

If you have seen Inside the Factory you’ll know that the process behind the famous McVities Chocolate Digestives is quite a complex and hi-tech one, not something you’d be able to mimic at home! That being said, if you don’t have a chocolate river or a precise measuring system for your biscuits, fear not! Baking our Chocolate Digestives at home couldn’t be easier.

In fact, this was one of those recipes I was more than happy to bake with the kids. It’s a simple bung everything in the bowl, give it a mix, roll it, bake it and eat them! What more could you ask from in a biscuit?

Chocolate Digestives biscuits recipe.
Chocolate Digestives biscuit recipe from Baking with Granny.

Chocolate Digestives

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes



  • Pre-heat your oven to 170°c (150°c for fan assisted ovens or Gas Mark 3) and grease a couple of baking sheets with a little butter.
  • Rub together the flour, sugar and butter/margarine in a large bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix together to form a dough.
  • On a floured surface, roll your dough to a few millimetres thickness and cut with a cookie cutter to your desired biscuit size (around 7cm is ideal).
  • Transfer your biscuits to your pre-greased baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden and dry in appearance.
  • Allow to cool on the tray for a short while before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Melt the milk chocolate in a small bowl (over a bain-marie or in short bursts in a microwave) and gently dip the bottom side of your biscuits into the chocolate - allowing the excess to drip away - before finishing with a squiggle decoration with a fork.


The chocolate is really an optional extra. Should you wish to make normal digestives instead, just leave the chocolate off.
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Chocolate Digestives biscuits recipe from Baking with Granny.

11 Responses

  1. I just love those ‘how to programmes’ too – they’re absolutely fascinating! I seem to have missed the one about digestives – and yet I think they’re one of my favourite biscuits even though there’s nothing particularly fancy about a plain digestive. Just loving the way you’ve finished the chocolate with the squiggles Amy! :-)

  2. Just made these for the first time, left them plain because we’re not overly chocolatey and they are just a perfect biscuit. Will be making these again, for sure.

  3. Can’t wait to try these after Christmas with the wholemeal flour leaving the chocolate off as my hubby is diabetic.. And l like the fact there’s not a lot of sugar in recipe ..Thank you ..

  4. 5 stars
    Made these today. They are so easy to make and really delicious. I like that the dough has a small amount of sugar and is not too sweet if eaten as a plain digestive (I had to try one before coating them in chocolate). I have weakness for chocolate digestives and will be making my own from now on.

  5. 5 stars
    Hubby just loves choccy digestives and I will surely be making these this afternoon for him and so easy to put together.
    Thank you and a MerryChristmas

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