For my second post I'm going to share one of my newly favourite recipes with you. They were originally called 'Sugar Cookies' but they taste very sweet and buttery to me so I renamed them 'Sugar, Butter Biscuits'. I swapped them from 'cookie' to 'biscuit' because to me a cookie should contain chocolate chips!
Now, you should know this isn't my recipe, I found it at Echoes of Laughter so all the credit must go there! I'm not really confident enough to be creating my own recipes yet, need a bit more experience under my belt first.
The lady who writes on Echoes Of Laughter is called Angie and this recipe was her Grandmothers. It is super easy and super duper delicious! They are really versatile meaning they can be dressed up with sprinkles before baking, decorated after baking or simply left on their own. Either way they don't last long in our house. I am intending to give these biscuits as gifts for birthdays and Christmas in pretty boxes, tins and packages because they are THAT good.
The ingredients you will need for these are non-complicated, chances are you'll have these things in your pantry already and if not they're not expensive or difficult to hunt down. I didn't bother converting this recipe into metrics, I just bought a set or measuring cups from Asda for £1.50. This seemed the most sensible option for me as I will (and have already) use them again so it was an investment. If you don't have cups don't worry, there's a converter here.
1 cup butter/margarine
2 cups sugar
4 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
3.5 cups plain flour
4tsp baking powder
Place the first 5 ingredients in your mixing bowl and using the beater attachment, beat until light and fluffy in texture. Rio did this part.
In a separate bowl sift together all remaining ingredients and add this to the butter mix gradually,, if you don't you will get a big ol' mess! Beat on a medium speed until a soft dough is formed.
Flour your hands and form the dough into 2cm balls, you can fit 12 on a sheet comfortable allowing enough space for the dough to spread out.
Flatten your dough balls with a floured fork, not so much that the fork touches the baking sheet though. Yep, that happened here! My kids are heavy handed it seems.
I like this picture ^ the dough ball on the right looks like it's frowning. :)
You'll need to do quite a few trays full of these as from one mixture I usually get around 4-5 dozen, depending on how big I roll the dough balls.
Bake them for around 10-11 minutes at 175*C . Allow them to cool slightly on the tray for a couple of minutes then
That's it. Once they're cool pop them into a biscuit tin or airtight box, they keep well for about a week but it's a rarity that we ever have any left after a day or two!
Let me know how you liked them.