Saturday morning is fast becoming baking time in our house. The kids look forward to it and it means that I set aside some time to spend with them rather than running round trying to do the housework while they follow me looking for attention. The girls even played pretend cooking while these biscuits were in the oven.
This week the kids asked to make some biscuits that they could decorate with sprinkles. We made star biscuits but of course you can use whatever cutters you have to hand, with any decorations.
These biscuits are light with a mild flavour (they get extra sweetness from the decoration). They would be ideal for decorating with icing, something I’m going to experiment with soon.
The method involves creaming the margarine and sugar. This just means mixing them together until you can’t see the sugar and the mixture is a pale cream. You could use an electric whisk if you want but there isn’t really any need – we mixed the ingredients by hand in just a minute or two and if you’re making this with children they often don’t like the noise of a whisk.
I’ve suggested the quantities in this recipe will make 15 biscuits but that does depend on the size of cutter you use. We got over 20, although some of them were quite small.
The cooking time I’ve given is for meduim-large size biscuits. I took the smaller biscuits out of the oven after 10-15 minutes.
Makes 15 biscuits
- 125g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out the dough
- 100g margarine
- 50g caster sugar
- 4-5 drops vanilla essence
- Your choice of decoration
- Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper and heat your oven to 180°C.
- Measure out the margarine and sugar and cream together with a wooden spoon.
- Add the flour and vanilla essence and mix into a dough.
- Spread some flour over your worktop and place the dough mixture on top, then add a small amount of flour on top of the dough. Roll out with a rolling-pin to a thickness of a £1 coin.
- Use your cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits and place them straight on greaseproofed baking tray. The dough can easily be squished back into a ball and re-rolled when you run out of space on the rolled dough. Add some more flour to your worktop and rolling pin first, though.
- Add your decoration to the top of the biscuits.
- Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the biscuits are just turning golden.
- Take the biscuits off the greaseproof paper and cool on a cooling rack.
Once cooled store the biscuits in an airtight container where they will stay fresh for a few days.
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