Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Vanilla Biscuit Recipe

This is a recipe I've been using for years from an old Women's Weekly cookbook. It is a lovely plain vanilla biscuit recipe which is perfect for using cutters with. Biscuits are another name for cookies here in Australia, for my lovely American readers :)

I bake these a few times a year but mostly on special occasions like Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween. but they would also be great for lunchboxes or a snack. I usually ice the biscuits by making a mixture of icing sugar, water and food colouring then dipping the front of each biscuit into this mix. Here is a video I found which shows the method better than I can explain it!  how to ice cookies I like the addition of the skewer to scrape the excess icing off, and think I will do this next time.

120 g butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks (I save the whites and add to a quiche)
1 c plain flour
1 c self raising flour
4 tsps milk approximately

Mix room temperature butter, essence, sugar and yolks in a bowl until smooth.

Stir in sifted flours and enough milk to form a soft dough.

Knead gently on a lightly floured surface, then roll out and cut into shapes.

Place shapes on greased trays.

Bake in a moderate oven for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on racks and then ice if desired.

This recipe makes about 30 biscuits. Depending on how big your cutter is.

Happy baking!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Chrissy! They are really yummy x

  2. I really admire your icing. I think I can only dream of mine looking like this! I will try the recipe though! xxx

    1. Thanks so much Annabel! They look fancy but it is super easy! x