Sim­ple recipe for tasty and crunchy cook­ies

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Christmas Special -

WITH the help of a sim­ple bis­cuit dough, you can make end­less cook­ies for your­self, your guests or as pre­sents. Also, this is so easy that the kids can get creative too.

Ba­sic bis­cuit dough: 250g but­ter, cut into small cubes, 140g caster sugar, 2 tsp vanilla flavour­ing, 1 egg yolk, 300g plain flour.

Method: In a large bowl, beat the but­ter and sugar un­til fluffy. An elec­tric mixer is best for this, but you can use a wooden spoon too.

Add in flavour­ing and egg, beat briefly and then quickly work in the flour.

Note: it may be a bit crumbly. Just work it with your fin­gers. Then set into the fridge to chill. Now, you can just roll this out and use a knife or cookie cut­ters to make bis­cuits. Bake at 160°C for 10 min­utes for thin bis­cuits and up to 15 min­utes for thicker ones.

Or go wild with th­ese vari­a­tions.

Add choco­late chips

Buy them in bags in a bak­ing spe­cial­ist shop and re­place the vanilla flavour­ing with mocha ex­tract or a ta­ble­spoon of choco­late pow­der.

Cit­rus burst

Cre­ate zest by gen­tly grat­ing the skin off a cou­ple of limes, lemons or or­anges. Add this as well as two ta­ble­spoons of juice to the dough. Fin­ish by sprin­kling over candied peel.

Nuts ga­lore

Press al­monds, peanuts, wal­nuts and more into the vanilla ba­sic bis­cuit and cre­ate a de­light that will make any cof­fee morn­ing pop. If you’re feel­ing creative, you can make stars, smi­ley faces and more.

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