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

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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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!!!

MumatronTracy's picture
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Split batch into added fudge pieces to one half and cherries and almond to the other half, Adults and teenagers loved them

meleon's picture
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OMG these biscuits are lovely. We made the chocolate ones and can honestly say we will be making them again. :)

cobhamden's picture
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Deliciously short biscuits!

voteforpedro's picture
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Delicious!! I made these to bring into work but can't stop eating them, oops!!

chanellecachia's picture
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oh myyy...just did this recipe...the basic dough, but added some chocolate chips.....amazing...so simple..yest so yummy...

odettesproat's picture
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I had to practically double the flour content as with the amounts stated it just made a sticky mess and didn't go to dough at all. Nice tasting biscuits at the end though.

jordankchb's picture

does it really make 30 biscuits???LIERSSSSSSSSSS!!!I MADE 115!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOLOLOLOLOL

liloleme's picture
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Excellent basic recipe!

For the people who want to roll the dough out and use cutters, you need to chill it for at least an hour.

By creamin the butter you are making it very soft.
Putting the dough in the fridge will firm the butter up.

I always roll the dough between two sheets of cling film so I don't have to use any flour to roll it out, because when more flour is added with each roll out the texture of the biscuits changes.

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