Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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(118 ratings)

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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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 !!!!!
6th Feb, 2014
Very easy to make and nice buttery taste. Have made them loads of times and they always turn out well.
19th Jan, 2014
Just made these with the help of my 2 year old. They were easy to make and tasted delicious!
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21st Dec, 2013
I have made these cookies. They came out very well and i enjoyed making them.
13th Dec, 2013
I work in Food Tech at a secondary school. We use this recipe every year for our open evening for prospective parents. We normally make about 12-14 batches,( 400 biscuits !) and vary them with lemon, chocolate and vanilla. The aroma attracts lots of visitors to our room, and we never have any left over. Easy to prepare dough in advance, and simple for our younger students to make and roll out.


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