Basic changeable biscuits

    18 min

    This is a simple, easy, basic biscuit recipe to which you can add a variety of ingredients to change the type of biscuit. Anything from sweet to savoury.

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    Serves: 40 

    • 125g softened butter
    • 100g sugar
    • pinch salt
    • 125g plain flour
    • 125g self raising flour
    • 1 egg
    • splash of milk

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:18min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Mix the butter and sugar until you get a soft creamy mixture. Add the salt and mix; add the egg and mix. Add the flour 60g at a time, and mix with each addition. Add splash of milk if needed and mix.
    3. Knead the dough until it is not messy and is supple, then roll it out until about 5mm or so thick. The thickness doesn't really matter - 10mm thick if you want - the biscuit will expand a lot. Cut using a cookie cutter shape to suit yourself.
    4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes – a lesser time for a nice soft biscuit, longer time for a harder biscuit - just keep an eye on them.


    For a sweet biscuit, add a tablespoon of hundreds and thousands to the mix. You could also add: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice or star anise - or whatever you want in the way of spices. Also try adding peanut butter or almonds. Just prior to cooking, sprinkle some coarse sugar on top, and they will end up like "Nice" biscuits.

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    ...really easy could add some many different fillings, like glace cherries, choccie drops or dip half of them in chocolate...i made them thick so they are like a shortbread biscuit..will def be making them again  -  09 Jun 2010


    Perfect , I didn't need any milk ( my egg was big ) . Put plenty of flour when kneading and shaping . I rolled little balls and flattened slightly . Some I left plain, some I sprinkled with demerara sugar and some I made a little dimple in a put a blob of jam in . All were delicious . Have put this recipe in my hand written recipe book so definitely will be making them again .  -  21 Jul 2015


    Lovely, easy recipe. These biscuits are delicious with a sprinkle of nutmeg.  -  17 Mar 2013