Sugar-dusted vanilla thins

Sugar-dusted vanilla thins

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Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling time


Makes 35 biscuits
Great for keeping the biscuit tin topped up over Christmas, these sweet thins make a perfect treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal94
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.11g
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  • 1 quantity vanilla shortbread dough (see below)



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  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. With your hands, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a sausage shape about 25cm/9in long and 5cm/2½in in diameter. Wrap the roll and chill for at least 1 hour. (The roll can be frozen for up to 6 weeks. To use, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for one hour at room temperature so that the dough is soft enough to be sliced into biscuits.)

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C and lightly grease 2 large baking sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into slices, each a generous 5mm/¼in thick, then arrange them on the greased baking sheets, spacing the biscuits slightly apart so they have a bit of room to spread as they cook.

  3. Bake for 20 minutes until the biscuits are just turning pale golden around the edges, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust generously with icing sugar. The biscuits will keep fresh for up to one week stored in an airtight tin.

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Comments (32)

shilpatij's picture

The ingredients were "below" on the old website, but not on the "new" one!
Here are the ingredients for those of you who want them!

325g plain flour
200g chilled salted butter
125g/4½oz golden caster sugar
2 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
2 large free range egg yolks

These biscuits do turn out very well.

sewarren's picture

Brilliant thank you so much for that. I did have the recipe written somewhere but of course it has dissapeared.. lol.. I love adding a pinch of mixed spice to the dough to make them Christmassy..

dietdemon's picture

These are a family favourite, I roll out the dough and cut the biscuits into star shapes, makes a much neater presentation. Also, I freeze them in the cut out shapes, so easy to pop into the oven for unexpected guests.

katycooks's picture

I used this as a "base" recipe and added chopped nuts and dark chocolate chips. Because of that, it was slightly tricky to slice the "roll" into thins, but the resulting biscuits were delicious, and quite "rustic" looking. (I didn't dust them with icing sugar as there was no need).

mdej123's picture

Loved these. Very quick and easy to make. I made a batch in advance and froze the dough and they came out brilliantly. Served this at a family gathering, and dipped half the cookies with chocolate and decorated the other half with icing sugar and sprinkles. Everyone complemented me on them. They held their shape really well so will be use Christmas cookie cutters and serve again on Boxing Day.

justme2's picture

Quick, easy recipe, resulting in nice biscuits. Fool proof!

babesy's picture

this recipe sounds reeeel good with excellent reviews. MUST TRY!!!!!!!
made biscuits only once before (cookies).
Not 100% successful so can't wait to try these.
Will let you know the result.! Happy baking everone!

cupcakegodess's picture

If you can't find de ingredients, u have to use da vanilla shortbread dough. Jessicaxx

chimpgirl25's picture

nice easy recipie, with tasty results. Might try with chocolate chips next time.

nathalie_09's picture

These were very nice, a lot of fun to make. All I would suggest is to turn the temperature down 10C and use parchment paper. The first batch I made were over done and stuck to the baking sheet.

maugymoo's picture

it might just be my dodgy oven, but I only cook these for 12 - 15 minutes and they come out perfect! :)

emily-york's picture

Really yummy!!!
the biscuit is really buttery.

maugymoo's picture

mmm.... made these two days ago and they're almost all gone so made more!!!!
Dipped them half in dark chocolate last time which was lovely... this time added chocolate chips!! :)

This recipe is soooo good!!! So easy to do!

nlauwen's picture

Delicious! Made them with my 5-year-old nephew and made wonderful (shaped) cookies with this recipe. Rolls out quite easily. Instead of vanilla-extract, I've used vanilla-suger and left out the icing sugar (to dust them). Worked really well.
With the leftover eggwhite I've made 'forgotten cookies'. Those are awesome! That recipe is also on BBC GoodFood :-)

fayfumbs's picture

Melt in the mouth gorgeous and so easy to make

byghan's picture

Absolutely delicious! And no problem to make very professional looking biscuits.

violenceinbustop's picture

I got a bit worried when they seemed to bathe in a butter pool in the oven, but in the end everything turned out well. My friends liked the biscuits as well.

racheltustin's picture

Gorgeous! I have never made biscuits before but it was so easy! I have made 4 batches so far! My family and friends at work loved them!

lcarte24's picture

Absolutely lovely. Made a batch of these as a practice for a later present, must have done something right as they didn't last long !!!!


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11aplummer's picture

I normally add orange rind and chopped cranberries to make a richer taste.