About this recipe:I make these vanilla biscuits every year, cutting the dough out in different shapes every time! They look lovely when you put some coloured icing on them. This recipe makes a lot of biscuits - great for gifts and for Santa!
Makes: 4 dozen cookies
470g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
225g butter or cooking margarine
300g caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:8min › Ready in:28min
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6 and lightly grease two baking trays or line with parchment.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted flour until evenly mixed. Cover dough, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
On a floured surface, roll out portions of dough to 5mm thickness. Cut out a tree shape using a knife or use a variety of Christmas cookie cutters.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Transfer from baking tray to wire cooling racks. Decorate with icing when completely cool.
Excellent recipe, really easy, comes out perfectly. Family loved it. I put in 230g caster sugar and a little extra flour, that was sweet enough for us. I only refridgerated the dough for about half an hour, still perfect. I'm printing this one and sticking it in my recipe book. Thanks a lot. - 27 Nov 2014