Easy-Peasy Basic Biscuit Recipe

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Everyone needs an easy-peasy basic biscuit recipe in their cooking repetiore. But just because it's easy, doesn't mean it has to be boring. Cut them into alphabet shapes and you've got instant lunchbox fun. Here's how to make them.

Photo of a little girl in a white dress rolling out some cookie dough

You'll need:

  • 190g / 6.5oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 330g / 11.5oz plain flour, sifted

How to make them into alphabet biscuits:

  1. Beat butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high until creamy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, and beat well.
  3. Pop in salt and half the flour.
  4. Beat on low until flour has been absorbed. Then add the rest of the flour and mix to a dough.
  5. Knead the dough lightly and chop into two equal balls.
  6. Wrap each of your balls in plastic wrap.
  7. Pop them both in the fridge for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 5.
  9. Take dough out of fridge and let stand for 5 minutes.
  10. Roll dough between sheets of baking paper until it is 5mm thick.
  11. Cut dough into shapes using cookie cutters.
  12. Gently put the biscuits on baking trays lined with baking paper.
  13. Refrigerate the biscuits until firm—usually 20–30 minutes.
  14. Bake for 10–12 minutes.
  15. Cool on wire racks.


Easy-Peasy Basic Biscuit Recipe was written and photographed by Kate Berry for Lunch Lady Magazine Issue 1.

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