Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


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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  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour


  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)

jj07957's picture

30 is not enough!! :D my kids love these biccy's, i have 5 so i have to double up on the ingredients lol, great with a brew too :) and so easy to make x

nance1's picture

Lovely simple recipe

mrsrsmith's picture

Is it me or is part of the recipe missing? I can only see one step, nothing about chilling or cooking the biscuits!

rachaelw97's picture

Very easy to make and great how many adaptations there are - I started off simple but am hoping to make those triple chocolate treats! :D

natashalou90's picture

Great recipe! I made the chocolate biscuits and added chopped Galaxy chocolate and mini marshmellows.

s_olejarz's picture

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

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

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

excellent basic recipe

evabels's picture

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

mrslyn's picture

absolutely delicious, the possibilities with these biscuits are endless

c11ery's picture

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

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

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

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

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

lisacooking's picture

...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.


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