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The Biscuits on 'Ted Lasso' Are Legendary—& We Got the Recipe

One bite will make you as happy as a goldfish.

October  6, 2021
Photo by Courtesy of Apple TV

After a year and a half of living in a global pandemic, the world was desperate for a bright spot. Enter: Ted Lasso, season two. Even if you haven’t watched an episode because you refuse to download yet another streaming service, you’ve certainly heard of the award-winning, feel-good show on Apple TV. But trust me, this one is worth seeking out. To quote the man himself, "I feel like we fell out of the lucky tree and hit every branch on the way down, ended up in a pool of cash and Sour Patch Kids." That’s how I feel about the 30-minutes of heartwarming television that we’re graced with every Friday.

We got even luckier recently because Apple TV shared the official recipe for Ted Lasso’s biscuits. And with the season two finale just days away, there’s no better time to time to test out out the famous Ted Lasso Biscuit recipe. But according to Ted, these cookies—“or biscuits, as y’all call them over here”—are not to be smothered in gravy. They’re best served with tea, aka garbage water. Bake a batch and soon enough, you too may be having Biscuits With the Boss.

What’s So Great About These Biscuits?

Loyal Lasso fans will admit that biscuits are a thread in each episode. Every morning, Ted enters the office of Rebecca Welton (played by Hannah Waddingham), the fictional owner of the also fictional football club AFC Richmond. He hands her a little pink cardboard box filled with half a dozen biscuits; she immediately cracks it open and stuffs a biscuit in her mouth. It’s funny and out of character for the perfectly polished professional to take bite after bite of the sweet biscuits, ignoring the buttery crumbs that fall on her silk blouse. At first, Ted doesn’t reveal to Rebecca that the biscuits aren’t store-bought but rather, baked from scratch by the football coach himself. The biscuits are a way for Ted to break through Rebecca’s tough exterior and get to her soft core, the way you would with any good cookie.

Like many iconic moments from the show’s first two seasons, the internet became obsessed with recreating the biscuit recipe on TikTok. There are a few different recipes floating around, but this is the official Ted Lasso biscuit recipe, courtesy of pro-baker Jason Sudekis Apple TV.

How to Make Ted Lasso Biscuit Recipes

Ted’s a simple man, so it only makes sense that his biscuits would be too. These are a pretty classic, buttery shortbread. All it takes is four basic ingredients—two cups all-purpose flour, ¾ cup powdered sugar, one cup of softened unsalted butter, and ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt—to make the biscuits that won over Rebecca...and every Apple TV subscriber.

To start, preheat the oven to 300℉ and butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter for three to five minutes until it’s light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, being careful not to get sugar all over your countertops and yourself. Next, add sifted flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to the pan and flatten it using your hands or a metal measuring cup to ensure that it’s spread evenly. Now you have to practice patience. The dough needs to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and then bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until it looks golden-brown but is still a little soft to the touch. Once the biscuits have finished baking, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool completely before cutting them into Ted’s signature slices and serving (in a pink cardboard box, of course).

How Do They Taste?

To misquote Dani Rojas, biscuits are life. Immediately after I baked a batch and pulled them from the oven, I sprinkled them with sanding sugar because that’s what Ted does. Are they the best I’ve ever tasted? No. But they’re soft on the inside, chewy on the outside, and buttery all the way through. The recipe is uncomplicated, a little old-fashioned, and totally dependable—just like Ted.

Are you obsessed with ‘Ted Lasso’ like the rest of the world? Softening butter as we speak? Spread the love in the comments below!
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40 Comments

Marion October 13, 2021
These are delicious! I did add vanilla. I also think you must use a good butter.
 
Rosie October 12, 2021
In the "official Apple TV" recipe off The Today Show website, it says to cut the biscuits AFTER they've been refrigerated (and into SQUARES) before baking! !?!!??!

Otherwise, the two versions of the recipe are the same! I'm going with this one!
 
Barbara C. October 13, 2021
I would add some vanilla for flavouring. Otherwise it will be floury tasting.
 
Hockysan October 13, 2021
Barbara-in Christina Tosi’s IG tutorial she explained that in this biscuit the butter is the star and that vanilla would take away from that. They aren’t flavor bombs like other cookies but they are delicious! She adds a little brown sugar and egg yolks to the recipe which makes them moist and probably a little more caramel-y flavored than this recipe. She has it posted on her website under Bake Club!
 
Kathy D. October 11, 2021
Made this recipe. Proof that Brits have no taste buds.
 
Diane October 11, 2021
It wasn't good? I was going to make it.
 
Kristin B. October 11, 2021
I ended up using Christina Tosi’s version. It was great!
 
Barbara C. October 13, 2021
needs vanilla.
 
Hockysan October 13, 2021
This!! I think Tosi’s addition of brown sugar and egg yolks made for an irresistible biscuit. Every on of my family of 5 can’t walk by the pan without grabbing another (small) one!
 
MMarch October 11, 2021
Also, I love Ted Lasso. Ted Lasso is what I need to see in a world that seems to have soured in some dark corners. I want to know that there are way more people like Ted Lasso in this world than those who’s sole objective is to toss out negative comments under the delusion that they’ve accomplished something.
 
MMarch October 11, 2021
My Scottish grandmother’s recipe: 1 lb. salted butter, 1 cup berry (superfine) sugar, 4 cups flour. Mix all together in mixer. Put in 3 pie plates, press down and dab edges with fork. Bake @350’ for 1 hour. Take out, cut in pieces and return to oven for 5 minutes.
Easy, super simple and very buttery as shortbread should be.
 
Barbara C. October 11, 2021
no vanilla?
 
Rosie October 12, 2021
Sounds amazing!
 
MMarch October 13, 2021
No vanilla. They are supposed to taste like a rich buttery biscuit.
 
MMarch October 13, 2021
They are amazing in their simplicity. Shortbread biscuits are rich and buttery and are not supposed to taste like a cookie with additives like vanilla flavoring and sprinkles,etc.
 
MMarch October 13, 2021
BTW my grandmother used pie pans but cut the shortbread in squares. That way each square doesn’t have an outside edge. The small edge bits left over were an extra treat for grandchildren.
 
Tamara K. October 14, 2021
MMarch these sound amazing! As a Scottish 2xG-Grandaughter, I've never gotten hands on any of the recipes (yet). Thank you thank you thank you for sharing!
 
Barbara C. October 10, 2021
I do not know who Ted Lasso is - please don't tell hime that. He could be crushed. But I would add vanilla to these biscuits for added flavour. And instead of sanding sugar, perhaps a flavoured icing. This could be a recipe that jumps off into new flights of flavour.
 
[email protected] October 10, 2021
Honestly, just talking about the show last night with a good friend. I told him it was hard not to cry tears for happiness or just recognition of truth. This show was the light to shine in a shadow filled time for us all. It will be a show I watch over and over again.
 
Joan October 10, 2021
Obsessed with this great show which the world desperately needed. Can’t wait to bake the biscuits! Thank you Food 52!
 
Diane October 10, 2021
I absolutely enjoy watching Ted Lasso! I will bake these biscuits, make myself a cup of “garbage water” and savor them with Rebecca!
 
menyc October 9, 2021
It's completely unbelievable that Ted would make these. But I find him very annoying anyway.
 
Nancy H. October 9, 2021
Ted is life!!
 
Nancy H. October 9, 2021
.....in a perfect world :))
 
Ruth P. October 10, 2021
It’s so easy—too easy—to fire off a snarky shot. There’s good reason the show has made its way into the hearts of many viewers. You could have let this article pass rather than “sharing” your ill will.
 
arcane54 October 10, 2021
Take heart… He’s only annoying to hard-hearted misanthropes. I find him delightful and refreshing.
 
menyc October 10, 2021
And you don't allow any thinking that doesn't completely align with your own. Why couldn't you let my comment pass instead of attacking me for having an opinion other than yours?

Exactly what about the character EVER would make anyone think that he is a baker and what in his home shows this?
 
menyc October 10, 2021
I'm so glad that you enjoy him. I don't. But since you disagree with me you found it necessary to vomit out insults at me. Thanks.
 
menyc October 10, 2021
Why exactly are you allowed "sharing" and I am not allowed? I, obviously, need to be educated by you.
 
paseo October 12, 2021
My goodness. Got up on the wrong side of the bed this AM did you? Lighten up, be less defensive, and maybe moderate the language.
 
menyc October 12, 2021
You can moderate your anger towards me. Your language should be "moderated". Why am I not allowed to have an opinion? On fiction, nonetheless.
 
Ann Q. October 9, 2021
I watched an interview with Hannah Waddington, who said the biscuits they feed her are actually pretty horrible, so she's using her acting skills to the max. I'm guessing they are not made with this recipe.
 
Kristin B. October 8, 2021
What is your favorite shortbread recipe?
 
judy October 10, 2021
I make the same Basie recipe as above, except use superfine granulated sugar instead. And ALWAYS for baking, salad butter. I know, I'm in the minority, but I prefer the salt in the butter to adding it to the recipe. I then generally reduce additional salt to half of what the recipe calls for. I like orange or lemon shortbread, and add zest of either that I may have on hand. Recently I have been using kerrygold butter. It is so good, and imparts such good flavor to the dough, that I often do not add any flavoring if I am using that particular butter. Vermont butter comes close. I cut them in fingers rather than rounds--get more out of the recipe, and less handling of the dough, which makes it tough.
 
cookbookchick October 10, 2021
Salad butter 😂 ! It took me a moment..
 
paseo October 12, 2021
Sound wonderful, esp the zest and really good butter.
On the agenda…
 
Hannahbtv October 6, 2021
Food52 when you click the email icon on your website to send someone the Ted Lasso biscuit recipe it emails the recipient a phony link that connects them to a sham site and/or a pop-up saying their iPhone has been hacked. I sent it to friends. Please help.
 
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Kelly V. October 7, 2021
Thanks for flagging! We'll look into this ASAP.
 
Nancy H. October 6, 2021
Thank you for this, Kelly - we are also hooked on Ted Lasso and I love the idea of an "official" recipe for those biscuits! I have always made my shortbread with salted butter and rice flour, but will definitely give these a whirl for the love of Ted :)) Perhaps Apple TV will also reveal the magic secret about how to eat a whole box every day - a la Rebecca - without having to purchase (much) larger pants......
 
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Kelly V. October 7, 2021
It's the best show and the most delicious shortbread ever! You could use your favorite salted butter in these too...I would just cut the added kosher salt!