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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28th Mar, 2012
Just made the plain biscuits. Used 200g butter and gluten free flour. They are so good!! Can't stop eating them!
15th Feb, 2012
excellent basic recipe
7th Feb, 2012
Great easy recipe that's quick and perfect for making with a toddler. Very tasty too.
31st Jan, 2012
absolutely delicious, the possibilities with these biscuits are endless
18th Jan, 2012
Fantastic recipe, and so easy to make! I made the plain vanilla dough, and sandwiched two biscuits together with some water icing and strawberry jam - they went down an absolute treat with everyone, with many begging me for the recipe! Highly recommended!
3rd Jan, 2012
Questions... How long do the cookies last in a jar? 30 is a lot for 2 people but don't want wastage/greediness!
24th Dec, 2011
I tried this out just today; I made the dough and added cinnamon with a tiny bit of nutmeg. They turned out perfect! Will be lovely after I add some icing and decorate them. I'm having a hard time keeping my mum from eating them all because I'm trying to save them for Christmas tomorrow. Absolutey delicious!
22nd Dec, 2011
What tempritcher do you cook these in at?
27th Nov, 2011
Perfect and easy to make! I made them with roasted hazelnuts and milk chocolate! Did the roll in clingfilm method and slice 1cm thick!! They didnt hang around long, a total hit!!
1st Nov, 2011
This is the best base biscuit recipe there is. We used to bake these at school aged 9 and the second I bite into these I'm instantly transported back to those sweet ole days. Easy enough for children to bake with very little assistance. Try them plain at first (best in my opinion) then you can add whatever you like. We add cranberry and White chocolate at Christmas, Rose essence is yummy in summer etc. The possibilities are endless. =)


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