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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golondon's picture

I have idea why everyone loves this recipe. Awful, awful, awful. Far too much butter so a nightmare to roll out. Got stuck in all my daughter's cookie cutters & now I'm watching thru the oven door and it's all turned into one huge mess as everything expanded. I'm no expert cook but I could have created a better recipe than this. I'm more than disappointed as the biscuits were supposed to be a present to give tomorrow. I would NEVER recommend this recipe. Grrr...

emilyhoddell's picture

thses are spo nice i made these for a las vegas themed party and make buiscit dices and playing cards defo every ones frav !

bethany-lynn-ox's picture

hi.
quick question.
i am 15 almost 16 and have promised my boyfriend i will cook him a meal for his birthday (little romantic thing between us).
i am a good cook and study hospitality anyway at school.
i am going to make desert for his whole family and wanted something sophisticated but something the children would like too.
i have come across the cookie dough crumble on here and was wondering if i could make it using this recipe?
for the 1 wonderfull reason of im not sure you can even buy fresh cookie dough in the UK. *laugh out loud*
i was wondering if this would work and just use this as an alternative if somebody could be so polite to give me feedback a.s.a.p i would be ever so gratefull.
thank you for even reading this.
bethany
x

saharmir's picture
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I made this with crushed almond and added some sugar, it was really delicious.

lisel1969's picture
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Had a disaster with the lemony ones, the icing looked revolting and just melted into the biscuits. They didn't look anything like the one in the photo, although they tasted ok.

Had more success when I put some chocolate chips into the basic dough - gorgeous

elelor's picture

These are sooo yummy and easy to make!
Popular variations include ginger (adding 2 balls chopped stem ginger and 1 tbsp ginger syrup) and coffee and walnut (2 tsp coffee and 100 roughly chopped walnuts!) Yum

holliewebb's picture

i made the chocolate ones and i was worried that they didn't seem to be cooked after 16 minutes but once cooled they were actually perfect, moist and gorgeous as the chocolate chips had melted :) i had a disaster with the lemon ones tho as i tried to use 'candarel' instead of sugar, they ended up savory and nice with cheese, but i will make again with proper sugar :)

nat2284's picture
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i love this recipe - its great as a quicky to keep the kids happy. does anyone have any other variations on it, id love the peanut butter recipe if anyone has it?

mollymolly's picture

Does anyone else find this recipe really hard to roll out?

kernowcook's picture
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Divine vanilla, buttery biscuit dough able to be transformed into many cookies. My fave is to use basic receipe and then flatten them slighty before putting a thumb print and 1/2 tsp jam. Made 24 cookies.

x7363x's picture

MMM! I used oats, mixed spice and raisins in one batch, and a tsp peanut butter and handful of peanuts in the other! They were lushhhh!

janwoolf's picture

I have made the penut butter ones on 5 different occasions and everybody loved them. I have also made the chocolate ones and the plain ones which were just as good. Trouble is one is never enough especially just out of the oven!
A favourite to use again and again!

kipperelli's picture
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Fantastic, work everytime - don't need vanilla just enjoy the buttery flavour!

xmichellex's picture
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Great recipe! Just made plain ones but they turned out great everyone loved them.

natkam7's picture
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great recipe, everyone loves it when i bake these cookies.
i add cocoa powder and lots of mixed peel to make chocolate and orange cookies.

shiggo's picture
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I think there was too much butter, not sweet enough and could have done with bicarbonate of soda.
I'm not following this one again

kirstyjolly's picture
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Great recipe, biscuits turned out really buttery and held together well. I used the basic recipe and subbed some of the flour with ground almonds.

fayfumbs's picture
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Really easy to make. We made just the basic mixture and used a Christmas tree cutter, them decorated them with melted chocolate.

angiix's picture

I made these with chopped glace cherries and white chocolate chips, they were absolutely delicious, this is now my number one cookie recipe!!!

hellybop's picture

i think im going to make these nearer xmas and put a seasonal twist on them by adding a few spices

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