Saturday, 24 September 2011

Vanilla Biscuits

So, my flatmates are coming back home after the long, long, summer and I thought I would welcome them back with a selection of pretty biscuits! This is a very simple recipe, quick to make, fun to decorate! Also, would recommend this as a great second recipe to try out with young children (first being crispy cakes, of course!) and the biscuits are great at school fetes/coffee mornings etc when you are trying to raise a bit of cash!



(This recipe will make 25ish biscuits)

200g butter
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
400g plain flour (plus extra for work surface)

This bit is really up to you. For my biscuits I usually use a mixture of chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, melted chocolate and different coloured royal icing.

1. Soften the butter in a large mixing bowl for 5 mins. Add the sugar and mix until smooth. Drop in the vanilla extract and mix again.

2. Beat the egg and add slowly to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix after every time you add a little more egg.

3. Sift in the flour (half of the total quantity at a time) and slowly combine all of the ingredients. Use your hands towards the end to combine the ingredients into a ball. Half the ball and wrap each portion in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30mins.

4. On a lightly floured work surface roll out one portion of the biscuit dough at a time and using your own choice of cutters, cut out random biscuit shapes. Put the biscuits on baking paper on baking trays and transfer to the fridge for a further 15mins.

5. Pre heat the oven to 180degreesC and bake the biscuits for approx 10mins or until firm to the touch and golden around the edges. Allow biscuits to cool for at least 45mins before decorating.

6. At this point I would normally melt some chocolate (to use as a glue when sticking the chocolate drops on) or make up a bowl of royal icing (125g icing sugar, 1 teaspoon water, 2 drops of food colouring)...but you can choose your own decoration if you wish.


I hope you like this simple recipe as much as I do. They aren't posh biscuits, but you can guarantee that people will be back for many more! Be prepared to get messy when decorating and be as creative as you wish!!

Bon Appetit!!

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