2 cups flour (plain, all-purpose)
1 cup barely softened butter
1/2 cup caster sugar *
couple pinches of salt **
1 tsp vanilla essence ***
- Cream the butter.
Takes me about a minute and I just use a fork.
- Add the sugar and cream together.
- Add vanilla and mix through.
- Add flour + salt mixture.
- Mix well but don't overdo it.
- Push dough into a rough log shape.
- Place onto a piece of plastic wrap, wrap up and roll into a log the thickness of the cookies you want.
The plastic makes the rolling super easy, plus it's where you'll keep it in the fridge.
- Wrap well and place onto your baking tray and into fridge for 30 mins.
- Slice into 1/2cm cookies, place on tray and then pop back into the fridge for 15mins.
Not necessary if you're making these for
yourselfthe family and don't care about them holding their shape. Essential if the Queen is popping 'round or you've rolled the dough and cut into shapes.
- Bake for 8-12 mins at 175C (350F).
They're supposed to remain pale.
- While still warm, randomly prick the tops with a fork.
* normal sugar is fine, but caster gives a better mouth feel.
** I use slightly salted butter, so don't even need to add the salt. See, lazy.
*** Almond or orange essence work well too.
as you can see, I tend towards the rustic.
On a damp and overcast day, these were perfect for cozying up.
Have a great weekend. See you in a week.