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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8th Nov, 2014
I found the recipe easy but disappointomg. I made the triple chocolate type biscuits and I found them a bit greasy and not very tasteful as a result. I think the recipe has too much butter. I will try with 150 gr next time.
2nd Nov, 2014
Hi I want to make these cookies, but I can't measure in gramms and the on-line converter doesn't give me the exact measurement in ounces. It gives me ?.????????? Can anybody help me please. Thanks Jo
9th Nov, 2014
250g 8.82 ounces butter, softened 140g 4.94 ounces caster sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tsp vanilla extract 300g 10.6 ounces plain flour I rounded them off to the nearest whole amount.
19th Oct, 2014
I've made these twice, once with chocolate chips and once with dried apricots, both lovely, and didn't last long, I'll definately make these again.
27th Aug, 2014
Me and my niece made these biscuits. We divided the mixture into three then added sultanas, coconut and cherries. Enjoyable. Will use this recipe again.
16th Jul, 2014
OMG I am 10 years old and a mad baker I tried this recipe and it was lovely I have now made it at least 200 it is nice with chocolate or strawberry jam!!!! try this recipe it will blow your mind away
13th Jun, 2014
Very nice! I was initially worried because the mixture was quite wet, but they turned out perfect after 15mins in the oven. I added a few choc chips, delicious!!
4th Apr, 2014
I made the Chocolate cookies for my boyfriend and his friends and they were all wiped out in minutes. Will definitely make again. Delicious, melt in the mouth cookies.
12th Feb, 2014
Was in a hurry to make these so didn't have time to chill them. Were sticky and knew I wouldn't be able to roll dough, so I used a small ice cream scoop and flattened with a fork a little . Delicious !!!!!
12th Feb, 2014
I was in a hurry to make these so didn't chill them. Were sticky so didn't roll them , used a ice cream scoop instead, and flattened a bit. Delicious !!!!!


25th Feb, 2014
Just baked these - fabulous and super easy. How long should they last once baked if stored in an air tight tin ?
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10th Mar, 2014
Hi Katie. The biscuits should last about a week if kept in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
3rd Dec, 2013
are they hard cookies or soft cookies?
13th Dec, 2013
They are hard biscuits once they have been left for 10 minutes to cool down.
27th Jul, 2013
What temperature?
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17th Oct, 2013
Hi there, You heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Scoop the mixture into 12 large balls onto a non-stick baking sheet. Space well apart, as they will spread. Flatten slightly, bake for 12-15 mins, then transfer the soft, warm cookies to a cooling rack to firm up.
13th Dec, 2013
In my experience, this dough is not easy to scoop? It is a dry dough and should be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters . Maybe your egg was very large ? Mix should be dryish.
4th Jul, 2015
Mine was very runny but I used stork instead if butter


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