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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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.
15th Sep, 2012
I made the chocolate cookies and very delicious they turned out.I have tried many chocolate cookies before and none have turned out as good and yummy as these.
6th Sep, 2012
This is a wonderful recipe!!! I made it with almond essence. Mmmmm :)
21st Aug, 2012
It must have just been me! I think i may have done something wrong here, as when i made this, the mix was so soft, that i couldnt cut it with a cookie cutter.... So i had to shape it into rounds and hope for the best! lol
30th Jul, 2012
Perfect simple recipe, and goes a long way.
15th Jul, 2012
30 is not enough!! :D my kids love these biccy's, i have 5 so i have to double up on the ingredients lol, great with a brew too :) and so easy to make x


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