Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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(119 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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4th Jul, 2013
Lovely! with a subtle lemon flavour. I added dried blueberries too.
4th Jul, 2013
Lovely! with a subtle lemon flavour. I added dried blueberries too.
11th Jun, 2013
Loved it. Very easy and super lemony! I'll definitely use it again and play with variations...
18th May, 2013
turned out really nice, eventhough using as much flour as possible it still stuck on the surface, decorated theese with jam for that kick
9th May, 2013
at first dough does,nt look right,but after cooked everyone loved it,in fact i cant cook fast enougth for them!!!!
13th Apr, 2013
Very easy & versatile basic recipe - only your imagination limits you from here!
2nd Apr, 2013
I used clover instead of butter and instant hot choc powder instead of cocoa (I was using up leftovers!) and theyvturned out beautifully :)
28th Mar, 2013
On my plan to take for our Easter Table With the coffee ladies. Yum!
16th Mar, 2013
Used lemon zest and lemon icing - really crisp and tasty. Perfect - will definitely use this recipe again and again. Froze half dough and second batch came out as well as the first.
27th Jan, 2013
Brilliant and easy biscuit recipe. I added the juice and zest of a lemon and smothered them with lemony water icing. I also had to substitute some of the plain for self-raising flour, so they had a slight shortbread-y texture, but still delicious. Next time I'm making chocolate ones!


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