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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barbaragunter's picture
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I love this recipe - it's so simple and quick!
I make lemony versions by just adding lemon curd to the mixture.

simonew's picture
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Made the basic recipe and they are delicious. Found the dough quite sticky and had to put down alot of flour to roll it out.

sianypantsxx's picture

Love these biscuits!! Amazing. Plus, the recipe is so simple and easy to follow, you can do flavour variations and such : ) I'm thinking of doing a raspberry and white chocolate version of the heart shaped biscuit in the photo above (with the lines of chocolate over it).

samwalley1989's picture
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Lovely! I added some Coconut Shavings and made pretty much Home-made Nice Biscuits. YUM!

denysmcbride's picture
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wonderfully versatile recipe. I usually make the lemon kind (without icing) but made empire biscuits last week using the basic dough. Great success at work

georgiaspirit3's picture

This is a brilliant recipe. whats so good about it is that its so basic you can adapt it in so many ways. BTW if you add a whole egg instead of just the yolk you have to add way for flour and that makes the finished dough floury and dry.

jojohns's picture
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These biscuits are very easy to make, roll out, cut and cook! Simple recipe and delicious. Would definitely recommend.

clairepeaston's picture
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I baked some heart shaped biscuits with my 3 year old for Valentines day and they were really quick and easy. The basic biscuit dough is lovely and buttery, just how I like it. Will definitely make variations of my own in the future. This time my son just had fun decorating them with icing and sugar stars etc.

elianem's picture
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I just made it with my little girl. They taste very nice for a basic recipe. I use just 200g of Flora and it was really enough. The almonds one was very tasty! I am definitely making it again and again. I love the possibility of variations. I want to try with dry plums and raisins, coconut, chocolate, big chunks of almonds... Again and again and again... :-)

kesizzle's picture
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I've just pulled these out of the oven (I did the basic recipe) and my kitchen smells divine! A little nibble of one and they taste great! I'll definitely try some variations next time. Maybe some ginger? Or dip one half in chocolate. Who knows?!

pallypudding's picture
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It was a really effective recipe, it produced some really nice home made buttery biscuits.

saraharmy82's picture

I am a complete novice at baking and this was great!! I added coco powder and presto they were even better!!! Just 25g - 25g of flour. I didn't roll them flat so myn were quite thick therefor took 30 mins gsm 4. They were also a teeny bit crumbly. But I'm sure it was my doing not a fault in the guide. Not bad at all for a first attempt. Add a dusting of icing sugar to add to taste.

clarecoxy's picture
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Very easy and quick to make and very tasty :)

hutch1968's picture

lovely reciepe, nice and quick to make and also yummy..next time will try some slight variations.Enjoy!!

hilaryj70's picture
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Easy to make & lovely biscuits, although mine took slightly longer to cook than in the recipe. I made two variations.....one adding a little orange extract & dark chocolate chips and the other adding chopped cherries and walnuts. I plan to make a number of batches with varying recipes to sell at a coffee morning I am holding for Naomi House children's hospice.

carolineharrison's picture
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amazing! a great basic, add lemon, orange, lime, chocolate, crushed peanuts, peanut butter, dried fruit, you can dollop, you can roll you can squidge, you can cut it, you can roll it into balls and plonk it staight into the oven, it's amazing!! have made welsh dragons (ok a cookie cutter) and coated them in red icing! also made some ghoulish ones and covered them in green "slime", keeps well too.

bubblez's picture

definitly going to try this one =)

heidig's picture
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This is a fantastic, easy recipe and never fails to please children and adults alike. I also just make the plain ones and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter, trying to get the dough thickness just right through trial and error, as if it's too thin the biscuits will brown around the edges.

Ferrari butterfly's picture
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excellent basic recipe. try white chocolate and dried carnberries - yum!

medisin's picture

Cheryl -
There are different types of cookie dough. Some gets rolled out and some gets dropped onto the tray and some gets rolled into balls.
The lemon version of the recipe says "After chilling, roll out the dough to a rough rectangle, then use a pizza cutter or knife to divide the dough into long strips".

If you don't roll them out too thin, they won't burn.

If anyone's having problems with the recipe, might be worth using an oven thermometer, as ovens aren't always running at the temperature you think they are :-)

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