Basic biscuit dough

Basic biscuit dough

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(115 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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30th Oct, 2012
Me and my 6yr old daughter made these last night before bedtime, we made plain biscuits as we are going to decorate later for halloween.....the only problem we came across is the fact I am going to have to make some more because my 2 children have eaten half of them. They are very easy to make and taste fantastic. I wouldn't recommend using less flour, we had to use more when it came to rolling, but will use the clingfilm idea when we make some more....Left the dough in the fridge to chill for 1 hour, cooked on gas mark 4 for 15mins, turned out perfect.
29th Oct, 2012
i am baking this one at the moment but i hve had 2 use much more flour but they look yummy :)
28th Oct, 2012
very easy, quick, made a large batch of choc chip cookies, nomnom :)
26th Oct, 2012
very buttery! next time I will reduce the amount as I felt it was just too much. Lovely apart from that though
26th Oct, 2012
Made these for my sisters birthday, and they went down a treat!!!
24th Oct, 2012
Great biscuit recipe,easy to follow. We added chocolate powder and cut them into bat and witches hat shapes for halloween and decorated them with coloured icing and silver balls. They were delicious. Easy to roll out if you take your time.
6th Oct, 2012
This does seem a lot of butter. I did find the dough very hard to roll, having to add plenty more flour to stop it sticking. They took a good 16 mins to cook. Plenty of mixture. I don't think its the best recipe to follow. However biscuits did turn out ok.
25th Sep, 2012
Have made these biscuits several times - always a winner. Have learnt to be patient and chill for at least 45 mins - this makes it much easier to deal with the dough. I roll into sausage shapes and then chill in cling film - very easy to then slice of 1cm chunks. Have been complemented on the 'proffesional' cookie look this produces. Made lemon variation - really great. Favourite though is to add chocolate chips to mix.
20th Sep, 2012
Yummy! I added sultanas at the dry stage and sprinkled with castor sugar as soon as the came out of the oven. They didn't last long!
16th Sep, 2012
I made these biscuits, they are class. Very nice.


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