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)

kipperelli's picture

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

xmichellex's picture

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

natkam7's picture

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

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

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

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

angiic80'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

jayferrucci's picture

Im using this recipe as a school coursework piece so heres hoping!!!!!!

purpleflufff's picture

Really easy to make with very yummy results! I made the chocolate version and this is definately a winner although I will try the other flavours too!

skaboonded's picture

A friend of mine has made these for work, he left out the vanilla extract but they were really nice i couldnt taste the difference. I am later today going to make the chocolate biscuits.

sarahlabat's picture

These are FANTASTIC!!! last time i made them I made more dough than i needed and put the rest in the freezer in a rollingpin shaped lump. Then, the next time I needed some biscuits I took it out of the freezer and cut it into biscuits (already round) and shoved on a tray and put in the over - AMAZING biscuits in about 12 mins flat!!! it was great!! Everyone LOVED the lemon ones (although I did mine without the icing)

wendy1427's picture

I made the chocolate American cookies they were yummy, very easy to make

silarwen's picture

I must say that, for me it is too much butter. I am going to try reducing the quantity, because it seems as if they were not well-done. Nevertheless, it is a tasty recipe and very quick

sablenat's picture

it is fun to make such varieties with simple and easy way. would suit people who never made biscuit before. Very tasty biscuit and you can even improvise a bit!

ilovefoodandme's picture

i have never made biscuits before and am keen to try the basic version but i'm not to sure how long to put them in for, any help?

vickimaybishop's picture

Well these are really yummy. And they must be easy, because I left my 10 year old in the kitchen and she made a batch of each flavour. The almond ones were the favourites, myself finding the chocolate ones a bit too dry, but then that could of been something Mandy did bless her. So easy and yummy biscuits, shame the clearing up couldn't be as easy

spacecowboy1159's picture

Anyone who's keen on baking should have this fantastic stock-recipe in their recipes. Produces really good, buttery biscuits - perfect!

virginia13's picture

This is a super, versatile recipe that has never let me down! It's also very easy to make.


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