I’ve had a few peeps enquire about a good plain biscuit dough that works well and holds its shape, which is important when using cookie cutters. This is a great one to involve kids with, it’s easy to make, bake and then create! Ruby and her special friend Lily, had a decorating station with icing, sprinkles, nuts and all sorts of edible fun stuff and had a ball.
Plain biscuit dough*
250g butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2.5 cups plain flour, sifted
2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
2.5 tbs boiling water
Assorted food colouring
Sprinkles, lollies, nuts, coconut etc to decorate
Preheat oven to 180C. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and beat well to combine.
Add the flour and beat until smooth.
Divide the dough into two and and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
When firm, roll out each half of the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 5mm thick. Use different shaped cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits. Place on baking trays lined with baking paper and bake for 10-12 minutes or until starting to golden. Cool on wire racks.
To make the icing, place the icing sugar and water in a bowl and stir to combine. Add a few drops of food colouring if desired and get the kids to work.
*Adapted from a Donna Hay recipe