Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal118
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.13g
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Ingredients

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

Method

  1. 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.

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Comments (159)

ebsnare's picture
5

Brilliant and easy biscuit recipe. I added the juice and zest of a lemon and smothered them with lemony water icing. I also had to substitute some of the plain for self-raising flour, so they had a slight shortbread-y texture, but still delicious. Next time I'm making chocolate ones!

tylidia's picture

Brilliant easy recipe, I madethe basic biscuit dough with chocolate chips and went down a treat with the family! Will definitely be making more and will try out different flavours.

helencollins1970's picture
5

Very easy, versatile.

kazzy2112's picture

I don't know what you have done then golondon as i have made two batches in 2 days. 1 chocolate chunk and 1 ginger. I have never baked a cake or biscuit in my life and these turned out gorgeous. So much so i have packaged some up for some friends. How many cookies did you try to make out of one batch?

kazzy2112's picture

For someone who has never baked a biscuit or cake in her life I am pretty confident I will be able to make these easily. I am going to try in the morning with my son (3), and we will be making chocolate chunk cookies and I am also going to try dark chocolate and ginger. I will report back on how easy they were!

kazzy2112's picture

For someone who has never baked a biscuit or cake in her life I am pretty confident I will be able to make these easily. I am going to try in the morning with my son (3), and we will be making chocolate chunk cookies and I am also going to try dark chocolate and ginger. I will report back on how easy they were!

lindsayee28's picture
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Me and my 6yr old daughter made these last night before bedtime, we made plain biscuits as we are going to decorate later for halloween.....the only problem we came across is the fact I am going to have to make some more because my 2 children have eaten half of them. They are very easy to make and taste fantastic. I wouldn't recommend using less flour, we had to use more when it came to rolling, but will use the clingfilm idea when we make some more....Left the dough in the fridge to chill for 1 hour, cooked on gas mark 4 for 15mins, turned out perfect.

thewinterfairy1's picture
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i am baking this one at the moment but i hve had 2 use much more flour but they look yummy :)

wolfmoon's picture
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very easy, quick, made a large batch of choc chip cookies, nomnom :)

nainscough's picture

very buttery! next time I will reduce the amount as I felt it was just too much. Lovely apart from that though

oakleighfarm's picture
5

Made these for my sisters birthday, and they went down a treat!!!

angusbjorn's picture
5

Great biscuit recipe,easy to follow. We added chocolate powder and cut them into bat and witches hat shapes for halloween and decorated them with coloured icing and silver balls. They were delicious. Easy to roll out if you take your time.

kimscakes81's picture
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This does seem a lot of butter. I did find the dough very hard to roll, having to add plenty more flour to stop it sticking.
They took a good 16 mins to cook. Plenty of mixture. I don't think its the best recipe to follow. However biscuits did turn out ok.

mwessy's picture
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Have made these biscuits several times - always a winner. Have learnt to be patient and chill for at least 45 mins - this makes it much easier to deal with the dough. I roll into sausage shapes and then chill in cling film - very easy to then slice of 1cm chunks. Have been complemented on the 'proffesional' cookie look this produces. Made lemon variation - really great. Favourite though is to add chocolate chips to mix.

lyntierney's picture

Yummy! I added sultanas at the dry stage and sprinkled with castor sugar as soon as the came out of the oven. They didn't last long!

michyd29's picture

I made these biscuits, they are class. Very nice.

cherriefalls's picture
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I made the chocolate cookies and very delicious they turned out.I have tried many chocolate cookies before and none have turned out as good and yummy as these.

funnymonkey's picture
5

This is a wonderful recipe!!! I made it with almond essence. Mmmmm :)

keen_cook_holly's picture
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It must have just been me! I think i may have done something wrong here, as when i made this, the mix was so soft, that i couldnt cut it with a cookie cutter.... So i had to shape it into rounds and hope for the best! lol

atlaswoods18's picture

Perfect simple recipe, and goes a long way.

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