Easy biscuits

Easy biscuits
This simple recipe for a basic biscuit dough can be adapted to suit your tastes – experiment with different shapes and flavours, from lemon fingers to chocolate cookies

  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:5 mins
    • Cook:15 mins
  • Easy
  • Makes about 30 cookies

  • Easily doubled
  • Easily halved
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0.13g


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour


  • STEP 1

    Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, then add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and briefly beat to combine.

  • STEP 2

    Sift over the flour and stir until the mixture is well combined – you might need to get your hands in at the end to give everything a really good mix and press the dough together.

  • STEP 3

    For basic vanilla biscuits: Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Chill the dough for 20 – 30minutes, roll out and cut out shapes as above. Bake on a non-stick baking tray for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool and crisp up.

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