Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins per baking sheet
Serves: Makes approx 40
Most biscuit recipes don't work well with cookie cutters as they expand during cooking and mess up the shapes. This one doesn't expand so you can use any cookie cutters and get great, fun shapes. Really easy too so great fun with kids.
- 350g Plain flour
- 110g Caster sugar
- 225g Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch Salt
- Put flour, sugar and salt in a food processor (or bowl if you don’t have one)
- Give a quick whizz to mix these
- Add butter and vanilla extract
- Pulse until you have a breadcrumb mixture (or rub together with your hands if using a bowl)
- Keep mixing until it comes together to form a ball (add a splash of water to help this if necessary)
- Wrap in clingflim or plastic bag and chill for 30 mins or until needed
- Roll dough out to 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) thick using a rolling pin on a floured surface
- Stamp out shapes with cutters and place on a greased baking tray or baking paper
- Bake at 180C (Gas 4) for 15 - 20 mins depending on thickness, until just starting to go golden and firm.
- Cool on a wire rack for as long as you can resist eating them, lovely when eaten still warm!
1 - Flavours - Add any flavours you like to these cookies eg Chocolate pieces, Sultanas, Lemon rind/juice, lumps of crushed sweets eg Crunchie bars etc Be experimental!
2 - If you don’t have cutters just form balls with your hands and squash onto the baking tray with a fork.
3 - You can make these into hanging decorations eg for Xmas tree by putting a hole through them with a straw before baking then hanging with ribbon / string
4 - You could also decorate using icing / sweets / sprinkles etc