Recipe for a Beatle party from 1964

“No Australian teenage party would be complete these days without the Beatles somewhere on the guest list. So why not on the menu?”


On 23 March 1964 when this article appeared in the Woman’s Day, Beatlemania was in full swing ’down under’. Just a few months later, in June, the Fab Four visited Australia for the first and only time, as part of their maiden world tour.

Woman's Day 20 February 1964 ON 388/Box 075/Item 311

Much-loved Australia food guru Margaret Fulton was the then cookery editor of the Woman’s Day. She described her recipe for The Beatles biscuits as “delicious, easy to make, and great party fun."

Check out the original recipe below, complete with rather unflattering instructions specifying that a cashew would be needed for Ringo's nose where a peanut would do for the other Beatles!

Beatles biscuits recipe:
makes 12, ie. three of each Beatle


  • 4oz (120g) butter 
  • 2oz (60g) sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup (120g) Self Raising flour
  • 1 cup (120g) Plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • iced water
  • 9 straps licorice (or piped melted dark chocolate)
  • 3 cashews for Ringo's nose
  • 9 peanuts for other Beatle noses
  • slices of glace cherries for mouths
  • currants, licorice or piped melted dark chocolate for eyes 


  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg-yolk
  • Mix in sifted flours and add iced water to make a firm dough.
  • Allow to rest in refrigerator for 10 mins.
  • Roll out thinly on floured board.
  • Cut out 'Beatle Heads' using profile templates supplied.
  • Cut three of each Beatle.
  • Put on a lightly greased biscuit tray and chill for 30 mins.
  • Bake in a moderate oven (180 C) for 8 to 10 mins til pale golden colour.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Cut licorice straps for hair following the patterns on the templates securing onto biscuit w. a little melted chocolate - alternately pipe melted dark chocolate.
  • Slice cherries into circles for mouths, add currants, licorice or piped chocolate to make eyes, securing with melted chocolate where necessary.
  • Stick on noses.
Beatle cookies, Woman's Day, 20 February 1964 / photographed by Alec Iverson CALL NUMBER 388/Box 075/Item 311

This image of the Beatles biscuits photographed by Alec Iverson is in our new display What Goes Pop!

The display features 20 photographic gems from the Library’s rich collections that show pop culture through the 50s and 60s and is part of the History Council of NSW’s History Week celebrations.

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