The Easiest Vanilla Biscuit Recipe
I have always struggled making biscuits but this is my go to recipe every time as it is so simple and quick. I love how versatile the recipe is. You can add chocolate chips, different flavouring like lemon or orange. I cut my out into little heart shapes for valentines – these would also make a perfect valentines gift for a person who has a sweet tooth.
These are not the best biscuits if you want to cut intricate shapes out as they spread a little when they bake. But once they are out of the oven I re-cut them which is so easy and just gives them a cleaner look. If you are not fussed on shape then these will be perfect too!! Most of the time I make them in a small round shape just for quickness which is perfect to dunk in your tea. This is also a great recipe to use an electric mixer as it speeds up the prep time considerably.
You Will Need
250g soft butter
140g of caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
You can use a standing mixer or a wooden spoon, you will also need a spatula to scrape the side of the bowl down.This will make quite a lot of small biscuits as I still have half the dough left which I am going to freeze for another day. The dough will make a good amount of medium sized biscuits too, it is hard to say exactly what the amount but I think about 25 to 30 roughly.
TOP TIP – Keep the dough as cool as possible to stop it from sticking.
1.Mix the softened butter and caster sugar together until smooth. Next add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix just until combined.
2.Sift in the plain flour and mix until a dough is formed. Bring the dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm and cool in the fridge for 15 mins.
3. Next line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour it also. Flour a clean surface and roll the dough out to the thickness you want. However you will need to adjust the baking time to suit. I rolled my dough about 0.5 cm to 1.cm thick. Next cut them into any shape you want, place on the baking tray ready to go in the oven.
4.Finally bake for 5 to 8 mins at 180 degrees. They will be soft when they come out the oven but firm up as they cool. Once cool remove from the tray and keep them in an air tight container.