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)

lisacooking's picture

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;
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 =)

MumatronTracy's picture

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

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

cobhamden's picture

Deliciously short biscuits!

voteforpedro's picture

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

chanellecachia's picture

oh myyy...just did this recipe...the basic dough, but added some chocolate simple..yest so yummy...

odettesproat's picture

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

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.

pokerface79's picture

made these today with my boys we made the plain an the chocolate ones really pleased with the out come as we have never made cookies before fab kitchen smells amazing yum yum :) xx

copperfield's picture

PLEASE HELP ME. This is the third time I have tried to make this. I am following the recipe to a T but my mixture turns out a sticky gooey mess and not what I thought would be a dough. Where am I going wrong

turkishprincess22's picture

really easy to do, i just added extra bits into the mixture like chocolate and flaked works really well

cookie-crumble's picture

I only used 200g of butter, ( I can't belive it's not butter light). I did roll it out but had to keep applying lots of flour so it didn;t stick to rolling pin. They seemed to take a while in the oven so i turned it up to number 7. They were cooking fine and took some out and put some more in but the second lot were a bit burnt as I didn;t keep my eye on them. I grated some white chocolate on some of them and spinkled some canderel sweetner sugar on the others. tasted great. Although it's just cheaper to go buy a packet and there's no washing up either lol. daughter loved them and kitchen smells nice too :) Anyone who says these are horrible or hard to do isn;t following the recipe correctly as a fool could make these biscuits. So easy!

thegirlnextdoor's picture

I found this recipe relatively simple but it was VERY vague and I would not reccomend this to anyone or use it again. My biscuits turned out flavourless and bland and a RUBBISH texture, the instructions were very hard to understand. I think this recipe was awful and I was better off without it.

barbaragunter's picture

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

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).


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