Sugar-dusted vanilla thins

Sugar-dusted vanilla thins

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(21 ratings)

Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling time


Makes 35 biscuits
Great for keeping the biscuit tin topped up over Christmas, these sweet thins make a perfect treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal94
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.11g
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  • 1 quantity vanilla shortbread dough (see below)



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. With your hands, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a sausage shape about 25cm/9in long and 5cm/2½in in diameter. Wrap the roll and chill for at least 1 hour. (The roll can be frozen for up to 6 weeks. To use, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for one hour at room temperature so that the dough is soft enough to be sliced into biscuits.)

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C and lightly grease 2 large baking sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into slices, each a generous 5mm/¼in thick, then arrange them on the greased baking sheets, spacing the biscuits slightly apart so they have a bit of room to spread as they cook.

  3. Bake for 20 minutes until the biscuits are just turning pale golden around the edges, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust generously with icing sugar. The biscuits will keep fresh for up to one week stored in an airtight tin.

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26th Aug, 2011
These were very nice, a lot of fun to make. All I would suggest is to turn the temperature down 10C and use parchment paper. The first batch I made were over done and stuck to the baking sheet.
20th Jul, 2011
it might just be my dodgy oven, but I only cook these for 12 - 15 minutes and they come out perfect! :)
6th Mar, 2011
Really yummy!!! the biscuit is really buttery.
27th Feb, 2011
mmm.... made these two days ago and they're almost all gone so made more!!!! Dipped them half in dark chocolate last time which was lovely... this time added chocolate chips!! :) This recipe is soooo good!!! So easy to do!
3rd Feb, 2011
Delicious! Made them with my 5-year-old nephew and made wonderful (shaped) cookies with this recipe. Rolls out quite easily. Instead of vanilla-extract, I've used vanilla-suger and left out the icing sugar (to dust them). Worked really well. With the leftover eggwhite I've made 'forgotten cookies'. Those are awesome! That recipe is also on BBC GoodFood :-)
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24th Jan, 2011
Melt in the mouth gorgeous and so easy to make
1st Jan, 2011
Absolutely delicious! And no problem to make very professional looking biscuits.
14th Nov, 2010
I got a bit worried when they seemed to bathe in a butter pool in the oven, but in the end everything turned out well. My friends liked the biscuits as well.
23rd Jul, 2010
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21st Dec, 2009
Gorgeous! I have never made biscuits before but it was so easy! I have made 4 batches so far! My family and friends at work loved them!


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