Vanilla shortbread dough

Vanilla shortbread dough

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins

Easy

Between 16 - 44 biscuits, depending on recipe
Use this dough as the base for biscuits, to eat yourself, or to make as a Christmas gift

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

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  • fibre-
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Ingredients

  • 325g plain flour
  • 200g chilled salted butter
  • 125g/4½oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
  • 2 large free range egg yolks

Method

  1. Tip the flour into a food processor. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop them into the bowl, then whizz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and egg yolks and whizz to a small dough.

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luvgrub
8th Jan, 2012
5.05
Fantastic result and so quick and easy to make. I made the Vanilla thins with the dough. I'll never buy shop bought biscuits again!
yvonlo
8th Jan, 2012
3.05
They are nice but I wouldnt call them shortbread because they are not 'short enough. plus with the 2 egg yorks it gives them more structure so not as crumbly. There are better shortbread recipe than this on BBC food website.
jenniefranks
24th Dec, 2011
5.05
Made these yesterday for the first time and can't believe how easy they are. Made the dough last night and put in the fridge, once bought back to room temp was easy to roll. My kids enjoyed cutting out the shapes and decorating, they taste delicious. Will vary the flavour and definetly make for gifts. Only needed 15 mins in the oven though.
hjmalpas
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!
hjmalpas
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!
hjmalpas
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!
hjmalpas
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!
hjmalpas
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!
jax1974uk
15th Dec, 2011
i used this for some millionaires shortbread and it was yummy i used the oven at 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and worked fine this recipe is simple and very easy and be great with it dipped in chocolate or iced
emilygcross
3rd Dec, 2011
This recipe uses the shortbread mix and gives oven temp and cooking time: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1136/lemon-star-biscuits

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