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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 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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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

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.

angelllp's picture
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love the recipe.. tried it last night and it turned out great
very buttery

marbucks's picture

Brilliant recipe ... Grated some lemon zest and added some chocolate chips too... My little girl loved them.

cookingcate's picture

I have made this recipe twice. The first time with butter and they turned out fine. The second time I used soft Stork and a hand mixer to mix. I was left with an unrollable dough and had to kneed in about 50g more flour to get something I could work with. Turned out absolutely delish though, even better than the first batch with butter.

amybruton's picture

Brilliant recipe, added almond extract instead of vanilla. Left out nuts as im not keen on them.
Also I find in order to have defined and easy to roll biscuit. Put the doe in a plastic bag in the fridge for 1 hour before hand. Seems to make all biscuits easier to roll and cut out.

pauline_toole's picture

OK, maybe I'm being thick, but at what temp, and for how long, do you bake 'em for?

baxter's picture

180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 12-15 mins (see Tip)

koolk_2009's picture

Lovely! With a subtle lemon flavour, I added dried blueberries too.

koolk_2009's picture

Lovely! with a subtle lemon flavour. I added dried blueberries too.