We always had these at Christmas, a tin of amazingly shaped butter rich biscuits and most of them covered in sugar. I can even remember the rustling of the paper cases. Outside of December if any of my sisters or me found a tin of these, it would end in disappointment as they usually contained sewing supplies or buttons.
As an adult, I now have rediscovered my love for these and have started baking them myself. There are lots of recipes out there for these, some contain almond, others hints of lemon, but mine are just simply vanilla.
- 325g Plain Flour (Bread flour also works well)
- 200g Soft Butter
- 175g Caster Sugar
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 Egg
- Extra Sugar for Sprinkling (Optional)
- Heat the oven to 180c fan
- In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour, butter and vanilla extract. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment
- Once a bread crumb consistency, whisk the egg and then combine into the mixture to form a soft, pliable dough
- Roll into walnut size balls and place them on greaseproof paper on baking sheets, dust with the extra sugar at this stage
- Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown. Leave to cool and store in an airtight tin