Easiest ever biscuits

Easiest ever biscuits

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


makes 24

The simplest biscuits you and the kids will ever bake. We’ve stamped clean toys into these to decorate them - try your own favourite patterns

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal161
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0g
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  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg



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  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the butter in a bowl and beat it with electric beaters until soft and creamy. Beat in the sugar, then the egg and vanilla, and finally the flour to make a dough. If the dough feels a bit sticky, add a little bit more flour and knead it in.

  2. Pull pieces off the dough and roll them out to about the thickness of two £1 coins on a floured surface. The easiest way to do this with small children is to roll the mixture out on a baking mat. Cut out shapes using a 9cm biscuit cutter, or a use the rim of a small glass and peel away the leftover dough around the edges. Press some clean toys gently into the biscuits, making sure you make enough of a mark without going all the way through. Re-roll off-cuts and repeat.

  3. Transfer the whole mat or the individual biscuits to the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 mins or until the edges are just brown. Leave to cool for 5 mins, then serve. Will keep for three days in a biscuit tin.

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20th May, 2020
I followed the recipe exactly but my dough came out really crumbly, it wouldn’t hold together. I had to add a few drops of water, but it was still really hard to roll. Anyone know why? Thanks
Dee James
17th Apr, 2020
Quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious. I didn't have enough plain flour so added wholemeal and they taste like digestives cum shortbread ☺
23rd Nov, 2019
These biscuits are so easy and tasty. My 3 year old very much enjoyed squashing and re rolling the dough. I thought the biscuits might not turn out too well having been over worked. They are great and worked well with our Christmas cutters. We can't stop eating them. Makes a lot of dough so I will freeze the other half for another day.
10th Apr, 2019
It is lovely recipe however I think I had done something wrong as the biscuits were very hard. Do you have any idea what that could be?
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jade lawless
8th May, 2019
You've probably kept them in the oven too long. Biscuits become firmer as they cook down so you have to take this into account when seeing if your biscuits are done.
6th Apr, 2019
Made these with my 9 year old granddaughter in the shape of Llamas to take to school for her 10th birthday, they where really easy I was just the washerupper. They will be made again I am sure, saved to my album xxx
2nd Jun, 2018
Made these with my 18 month old and they were great! Very simple recipe that is quick to make/bake so perfect for little ones. The biscuits were really delicious! I'll definitely make these biscuits again.
27th Mar, 2018
Really nice biscuits. And normally I don't really like biscuits. I made them together with my 2 year old son. The recipe easy to follow, doesn't take long to prepare but the effect is scrumptious . The recipe saved to mygoodfood, will definitely make them again...and again
15th Feb, 2018
Brilliant recipe. Perfect for a rainy half term day with the kids. Was firm enough to roll out straight away without sticking so the kids could make lots of shapes. Lovely biscuits, will definitely make again.
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3rd Aug, 2017
Lovely little recipe resulting in tasty biscuits.


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Leila Saeidi
27th Jan, 2020
Could we decrease the amount of sugar?
CassieBest's picture
28th Jan, 2020
Hi Leila Saeidi, We haven't tested this recipe with less sugar but you should be able to reduce the sugar to 150g without compromising the structure of the biscuit too much. Let us know how you get on. I hope that helps! Cassie (Senior Food Editor, BBC Good Food)
16th Nov, 2018
would this dough freeze? I'd love to make the biscuits in advance then bake them nearer christmas! If so, what's the best way to go about freezing them - as a whole batch of dough, or could i roll out and cut them then freeze them? Any advice welcome thank you!
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. You can freeze the dough. We'd suggest freezing the ball of dough, defrosting, giving it a quick need and then continuing from step 2.
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Lucy Pidgley
10th Nov, 2018
Could u make these into chocolate biscuits by adding coco powder?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested this so can't give exact quantities, although it is possible to replace some of the plain flour with cocoa powder if you'd like to experiment. For a recipe, try these easy chocolate biscuits https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easy-chocolate-biscuits
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