• 500g plain flour
  • 250g butter or margarine
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • STEP 1
    Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2.
  • STEP 2
    Place the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl. Rub together with your fingers (or put into a food processesor!) until fine breadcrumbs
  • STEP 3
    Add the vanilla extract and a little milk until the mixture sticks together
  • STEP 4
    Combine together to form a dough. You can put it in the fridge for a while but I normally use it straight away.
  • STEP 5
    Place on a floured surface and roll out to about 5mm thick (1/4 inch). Cut out your shapes and place on a baking tray with some baking parchment or non stick cooking sheets.
  • STEP 6
    Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and harden.

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