Top tip from Sam (34): ‘When I’m visiting friends, if there’s something special going on like a baby shower, I use this easy biscuits recipe to make pram and rattle shaped biscuits then I decorate them with pale pink and blue icing. People LOVE getting homemade butter biscuits, it always raises a smile.’
250g butter (cut into small pieces, softened)
140g caster sugar
300g sifted plain flour
1 egg yolk
2tsp vanilla extract
Make the butter biscuits dough
- Mix the butter and sugar together until its really light and fluffy looking.
- Break the egg and separate the yolk and white, keeping the yolk and adding it to the butter and sugar mix.
- Mix in the vanilla extract.
- Add half the flour and mix well, then add the rest and mix slowly until you’ve got a nice dough that’s not too wet.
- Knead the dough into a ball. Leave it in the bowl and put it in the fridge for half an hour to chill.
Make biscuit shapes
- Roll out the dough to about the thickness of a pound coin.
- Cut circles with the rim of a clean glass or use cookie cutters to make shapes.
- If you want to make more complicated shapes, you’ll find this kind of dough easy to cut however you want, with a small sharp knife.
Bake your butter biscuits
- Grease a baking tray and lay out the biscuits with a little gap between each.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (gas mark 4) for 1215 minutes.
- Don’t forget that they will harden more when they’re cooling so take them out of the oven when they are still a little bit soft.
- Carefully slide them off the tray and cook on a rack.
- Decorate them with writing icing and store in an airtight box... if you don’t end up eating them all straight away!