Baking is a great way to relieve stress, build confidence and improve happiness by creating something meaningful. These Vanilla Biscuits tick all the boxes. While this recipe is straightforward, it allows the baker to get into the kitchen and create something for family and friends while calming and relieving stress in the process. It’s a great recipe to do with children/ whole family. Most of the ingredients and equipment should be easy to get a hold of during the lockdown as well if your kitchen doesn’t currently stock the items.

Ingredients and equipment

Two lined baking trays

Plain Flour 8 ounces/ 225 g

Biscuit cutter (any shape)

Butter 5 ½ ounces / hundred 50 g  

Caster Sugar 4 ½ ounces/ 125g

1 ½ tablespoon of vanilla essence

2 tablespoon of milk


Prepare two baking sheets with greaseproof paper, turn on the oven to gas mark 4 / 180°.

Weigh out the butter, cut into small pieces and put to one side.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the butter pieces, rub together until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Stir in the vanilla essence and caster sugar to make a firm dough.

If the mix is too dry add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you have a dough.

Lightly flour your work surface, using a rolling pin roll out the dough to a 1 cm thickness. Cut out the biscuits using the cutters of your choice.

Place on trays and place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until they have a slight colour to them. Turn the trays halfway through the time.

Once cooked remove from oven and cool on a cooling tray, sprinkle with caster sugar while still hot. (Keep in an airtight container after cooling process).

Now you should have some delicious vanilla biscuits.

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