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Cookie Dough Recipe

This cookie dough is great and can be used for all kinds of cookies, just by simple additions to the recipe, or different cutters, icing etc. This recipe will make about 30 cookies, if you don't want them all at once you can divide the dough to make two batches of different types of cookies, or you could also freeze half the dough for a later date.

This is a great cookie recipe for making together with your children, they will love rolling and cutting out the dough. If you are making these cookies with your children you can use whatever children’s cookie cutters you have such as animals, or different shapes like stars, or maybe themed ones like Christmas trees, or Halloween pumpkins.


200g butter, diced
150g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2tsp vanilla essence
300g plain flour
1/2 tsp (half) salt

Take the butter out the fridge to soften slightly and cut into chunks. Beat the butter till soft and then add the caster sugar and mix them together until they are a creamy consistency

Add the vanilla essence and egg yolk and mix together well

Then sieve the flour into the mixture and mix together until a dough starts to form

It may seem too dry at this point but gently bring it together with your hands until you have a ball of smooth dough

cookie dough

Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for half an hour to chill

Once chilled roll out to 1/2cm thick

Use whatever cutters you want to cut out your cookies, about 6cm round cutters will give you regular sized cookies

cookie cutter shapes

Put them on a greased baking try and put in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes on 180°C until golden

Decorate them however you like or just eat them as they are.

For ideas of variations

jam cookies

Jam Cookies