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A Marie is a type of sweet biscuit similar to a Rich tea biscuit.

The biscuit is round and usually has its name embossed upon its top surface, the edges of the which are also embossed with an intricate design. It is made with wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and, unlike the Rich tea biscuit, is typically vanilla flavoured.

The Maria biscuit was created by the London bakery Peek Freans in 1874 to commemorate the marriage of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia to the Duke of Edinburgh. It became popular throughout Europe, particularly in Spain where, following the Civil War, the biscuit became a symbol of the country's economic recovery after bakeries produced mass quantities to consume a surplus of wheat.

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