Basic biscuits

    27 min

    These biscuits are perfect for cookie cutters. I have made many biscuits in my years and have perfected the recipe. These will not 'grow' any bigger than when they are cut out so you don't have to space them out so much.

    Essex, England, UK
    2234 people made this

    Makes: 30 large biscuits or 60 small

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

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:27min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2.
    2. Place the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl. Rub together with your fingers (or put into a food processesor!) until fine breadcrumbs.
    3. Add the vanilla extract and a little milk until the mixture sticks together.
    4. Combine together to form a dough. You can put it in the fridge for a while but I normally use it straight away.
    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.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and harden.

    Serving suggestion

    Decorate with icing and sprinkles.

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    easy, quick and tasty. We used this recipe to make our pudsey bear biscuits. 1st batch I left in for 15 mins because they looked like they wasnt ready at 12 mins, they where still edible just starting to burn. 2nd batch I took out at 12 mins and they were perfect! I mis read the recipe and used 2 tbsp of vanilla essence instead of 2 tsp lol but they turned out great anyway. I always worry that homemade biscuits taste a bit bland without the icing on but these tasted great without any decoration on. (could be because of the extra vanilla essence lol) but they are tasty with or without icing on. Will definatly be using this recipe again. Thank you for the share.  -  19 Nov 2011


    I'm in love with these biscuits!! Just finished making them and I added chocolate chips and decorated with icing and they are yummy!! Very soft and easy to cook but I found it needs alot more milk than the recipe states! Other than that, one of the best i've ever had!  -  09 Oct 2011


    love this recipe. make them with my little boy, and we have lots of fun trying different versions, cherry, dried fruit, chocolate etc. so simple, but a lovely biscuit. so pleased i found this recipe.  -  11 Jun 2011