Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level



Makes about 30 cookies

This simple recipe for cookie dough can be adapted to suit your tastes- experiment with different shapes and flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
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  • 250g butter, softened
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour

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Mix 250g softened butter and 140g caster sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, then add 1 egg yolk and 2 tsp vanilla extract and briefly beat to combine. Sift over 300g plain 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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2007

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mothermum's picture

What gas number do I use for these I can't seem to find it many thanks

Chesbob's picture

I made these dairy and gluten free using vitalite and Doves Farm flour, they were melt in the mouth and delicious.

Samwelly's picture

This is a fantastic recipe which I have made many times. However, just as a tip to others, best results are achieved if you simply drop balls of the dough onto a greased baking sheet using two spoons. The dough is fairly sticky and as such, virtually impossible to roll. Should you wish to roll the dough and cut out cookie shapes, you will need to refrigerate the mixture for some time and roll between two sheets of cling film to avoid sticking to work surface/rolling pin.
I do wish I had known these tips before making the cookies myself as it would have saved me lots of trouble!

Mad about food's picture

I made chocolate orange biscuits by replacing 50g of the flour with cocoa powder and adding the zest of 2 oranges.They were very tasty

dianejeffreywilliams's picture

Melt in the mouth!
Made Chocolate orange ones, just by adding a little cocoa powder and 1 tsp orange essence, then topping off with choc drops.
Didn't last long!

iouabook's picture

I found the recipe easy but disappointomg. I made the triple chocolate type biscuits and I found them a bit greasy and not very tasteful as a result. I think the recipe has too much butter. I will try with 150 gr next time.

Jodini's picture

Hi I want to make these cookies, but I can't measure in gramms and the on-line converter doesn't give me the exact measurement in ounces. It gives me ?.?????????

Can anybody help me please.



gorthox's picture

250g 8.82 ounces butter, softened
140g 4.94 ounces caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g 10.6 ounces plain flour

I rounded them off to the nearest whole amount.

islacraig's picture
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I've made these twice, once with chocolate chips and once with dried apricots, both lovely, and didn't last long, I'll definately make these again.

B L T's picture

Me and my niece made these biscuits. We divided the mixture into three then added sultanas, coconut and cherries. Enjoyable. Will use this recipe again.

mad-baker's picture
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OMG I am 10 years old and a mad baker I tried this recipe and it was lovely I have now made it at least 200 it is nice with chocolate or strawberry jam!!!! try this recipe it will blow your mind away

AmyLouLou33's picture

Very nice! I was initially worried because the mixture was quite wet, but they turned out perfect after 15mins in the oven. I added a few choc chips, delicious!!

almona's picture
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I made the Chocolate cookies for my boyfriend and his friends and they were all wiped out in minutes. Will definitely make again. Delicious, melt in the mouth cookies.

greenpenny's picture

Was in a hurry to make these so didn't have time to chill them. Were sticky and knew I wouldn't be able to roll dough, so I used a small ice cream scoop and flattened with a fork a little . Delicious !!!!!

greenpenny's picture

I was in a hurry to make these so didn't chill them. Were sticky so didn't roll them , used a ice cream scoop instead, and flattened a bit. Delicious !!!!!

oliviae's picture

Very easy to make and nice buttery taste. Have made them loads of times and they always turn out well.

loucat30's picture

Just made these with the help of my 2 year old. They were easy to make and tasted delicious!

maude_coll's picture

I have made these cookies. They came out very well and i enjoyed making them.'s picture

I work in Food Tech at a secondary school. We use this recipe every year for our open evening for prospective parents. We normally make about 12-14 batches,( 400 biscuits !) and vary them with lemon, chocolate and vanilla. The aroma attracts lots of visitors to our room, and we never have any left over. Easy to prepare dough in advance, and simple for our younger students to make and roll out.

duncanwil's picture

I made the chocolate variant and they were very melt in the mouth but the mixture didn't spread in the oven.