Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

kcalories
118
protein
1g
carbs
13g
fat
7g
saturates
4g
fibre
0g
sugar
5g
salt
0.13g
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Ingredients

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

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Method

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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natashalou90's picture
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Great recipe! I made the chocolate biscuits and added chopped Galaxy chocolate and mini marshmellows.

s_olejarz's picture
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I did the lemon finger recipe and added an extra 50g of flour, 40g of dessicated coconut and 50g of candied mixed peel. I called them my Hawaiian Biscuits! They went down a storm. The only reason the recipe wasn't a 5* was due to the extra flour a had to add, the mixture was to wet to roll.

100% making these again.

alicemei's picture
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This recipe is fab!! I used the basic version but made linzer biscuits but with lemon curd inside! AMAZING! Everyone loved them!!!

abbielouise123's picture
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I made plain ones but added 75g of chocolate chips and reduced the flour by 50g they were so delicious however i thought i would be able to make shaped with he biscuit dough but couldn't but it didn't matter i am 15 and found the recipe easy

sinead1burke's picture

Just made the plain biscuits. Used 200g butter and gluten free flour.
They are so good!! Can't stop eating them!

ceastwood's picture
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excellent basic recipe

evabels's picture
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Great easy recipe that's quick and perfect for making with a toddler. Very tasty too.

mrslyn's picture
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absolutely delicious, the possibilities with these biscuits are endless

c11ery's picture
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Fantastic recipe, and so easy to make! I made the plain vanilla dough, and sandwiched two biscuits together with some water icing and strawberry jam - they went down an absolute treat with everyone, with many begging me for the recipe! Highly recommended!

pasco71's picture

Questions... How long do the cookies last in a jar? 30 is a lot for 2 people but don't want wastage/greediness!

shadow-of-sins's picture
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I tried this out just today; I made the dough and added cinnamon with a tiny bit of nutmeg. They turned out perfect! Will be lovely after I add some icing and decorate them. I'm having a hard time keeping my mum from eating them all because I'm trying to save them for Christmas tomorrow. Absolutey delicious!

wamaroo's picture

What tempritcher do you cook these in at?

myjetty's picture
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Perfect and easy to make! I made them with roasted hazelnuts and milk chocolate! Did the roll in clingfilm method and slice 1cm thick!! They didnt hang around long, a total hit!!

daisycupcakery's picture
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This is the best base biscuit recipe there is. We used to bake these at school aged 9 and the second I bite into these I'm instantly transported back to those sweet ole days. Easy enough for children to bake with very little assistance. Try them plain at first (best in my opinion) then you can add whatever you like. We add cranberry and White chocolate at Christmas, Rose essence is yummy in summer etc. The possibilities are endless. =)

lisacooking's picture
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Grr, silly copy and paste has put in odd symbols, hope the notes make sense still.

lisacooking's picture
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...Continued from above... I then got the rest of the mixture out of the fridge and mixed in currants, raisins, glace cherries and a tablespoon of mixed spice. I tried to make them a bit smaller and thicker so that they wouldn’t spread so much. That worked a bit better but again took about 20 minutes and were still really soft when I took them out. By the time they’d cooled down they were a nice cookie texture.

I took them in to work for the guinea pigs, ops sorry guys ;-) and they seemed to like them. Personally I think the nutty ones could’ve done with a little bit more peanut butter and the mixed spice ones a little bit less spice. Not bad for a first attempt though.

lisacooking's picture
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I usually make a Christmas cake about every two or three years, that’s my limit of baking! This year I was determined not to waste the rest of the flour and dried fruits etc. so looked around for some biscuit recipes to use up what was left. This seemed pretty simple so thought I’d give it a go. I made the mixture as it says then split it into roughly two halves. One half I put in the fridge and the other half I split again. One quarter, I left plain but stuck some currants and glace cherries on the top, the second quarter I mixed (more like kneaded) in about a tablespoon of peanut butter and then sprinkled chopped almonds on top. I baked them for about 20 minutes, they spread quite a bit and were still really soft when I took them out but hardened up after I left them to cool for a while.

crunchynumber's picture

At our day centre for the disabled, we slightly altered this recipe to make biscuits which we sold to raise money for cancer research. It was a spectacular success!!
You can see the results on our website here;
http://www.douglasbadercentre.co.uk/novelty-biscuits.html
Thanks for the great recipe!!

sazz87's picture

This recipe is fab! I added banana and subbed some of the flour for cocoa! My cookies taste awesome, second batch is in the oven now! I will defo be using this recipe again, in fact, its in my binder =)

reshma17's picture
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loved it!!!

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