Sugar-dusted vanilla thins

Sugar-dusted vanilla thins

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(19 ratings)

Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling time

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 quantity vanilla shortbread dough (see below)
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  • icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  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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shilpatij
16th Feb, 2014
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
4th Oct, 2014
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
28th Nov, 2013
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.
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katycooks
2nd May, 2013
4.05
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
18th Nov, 2012
5.05
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
16th Jul, 2012
4.05
Quick, easy recipe, resulting in nice biscuits. Fool proof!
babesy
24th Nov, 2011
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
28th Oct, 2011
If you can't find de ingredients, u have to use da vanilla shortbread dough. Jessicaxx
chimpgirl25
16th Sep, 2011
4.05
nice easy recipie, with tasty results. Might try with chocolate chips next time.
nathalie_09
26th Aug, 2011
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.

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jacifood
22nd Dec, 2016
Have made these to give as Xmas presents the past 3yrs. I cut into star shapes, cut out star shapes in white fondant, stick on top of shortbread with icing sugar & water mix then dust with edible shimmer. Pretty and tasty
11aplummer
7th Dec, 2014
I normally add orange rind and chopped cranberries to make a richer taste.