I used to be terrible at baking. Every time I baked something the kitchen would begin to look like a snow scene from a Christmas card with flour everywhere whilst the food itself always turned out to look a little less picturesque… That was until I discovered how to make these simple biscuits; not only do they taste great but they are so simple anyone can make them! As such, I’ve decided that my first post will be a recipe for these delicious biscuits so that you can enjoy them with steaming cup of coffee or comforting hot chocolate this icy cold weekend! I hope you like them as much as I do!
- 125g of icing sugar- make sure you sift it or the biscuits will be lumpy!
- Vanilla extract- I usually fill up the lid of the bottle, alternatively a teaspoon should be plenty!
- Egg Yolk (you can use the whites to make meringue, recipe to follow soon)
- 250g of softened butter – If the butter is hard it becomes really hard to mix the ingredients.
- 375g of plain flour- again make sure you sift it!
- Heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius or gas mark 6.
- Grease a baking tray.
- Mix the egg, icing sugar and butter altogether. I find it best to do this in a big bowl with my hands. It’s messy but a lot easier.
- Add the vanilla.
- Now add the flour.
- The mixture should become firmer and be light yellow colour.
- Form a large ball with the dough and place onto a flat surface such as an icing board or a clean kitchen surface. Make sure you put some icing sugar down to prevent the dough sticking to you surface!
- Roll out the dough and cut into your desired shape. Personally I think classic circles work best but novelty cutters at Christmas and Easter are equally great!
- Place the cut biscuits onto the greased baking tray.
- Cook the biscuits for about 15-20 minutes. They should be slightly golden in colour but not yet brown.
- Leave to cool and maybe a try one or two …
You can leave the biscuits plain but I like to decorate mine by piping chocolate onto them. To do this simply melt some dark chocolate in the microwave (roughly 30 seconds). Fill the piping bag with chocolate and squeeze out the desired pattern onto your biscuit. Leave to set and then EAT!