Butter Cut-Out Biscuits

9 November 2012

I made these Halloween biscuits last week but thought I'd share the basic recipe with you all as it's such a well-behaved biscuit! The dough is really easy to make, rolls out like a dream and the cut out shapes keep their shape brilliantly. 

It's a fantastic recipe to make with the children too. Oliver makes such a fabulous helper and loves cutting the shapes out for me.  And I've now got quite an impressive collection of different shaped cutters {that reminds me, I need to get some Christmas shaped ones!}

It's up to you whether you want to decorate them as they're lovely biscuits on their own. My Halloween biscuits were decorated with coloured fondant but you could use normal icing too. I actually had a great time decorating them but that's because I'm a bit of a decorating geek! I particularly enjoyed doing the little skeletons!

Butter Cut-Out Biscuits

Makes 25
Preparation time 15 minutes plus 1 hour chilling time
Cooking time 10 - 15 minutes

90g unsalted butter soft
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour plus more for rolling
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

150g icing sugar sieved
Food colouring

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and caster sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract then beat again until fully combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together – don’t be worried if the dough still seems quite wet at this stage, it will really firm up in the fridge. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 180°C {350°F} Gas 4. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Lightly dust your work surface and your rolling pin with flour. Roll out the dough until it's 5mm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, then place them on your lined tray. You can place them about 1cm apart as they don't spread much when baking. Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they turn {funnily enough} a golden biscuit colour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

When they’re all fully cooled make the icing. Put the icing sugar in a bowl and add a little water at a time so that it's an easily spreadable consistency. Colour the icing as desired and spread on the biscuits.

I'm linking up with Foodie Foto Friday hosted by Helen at The Crazy Kitchen. Pop over and say hello and take a look what everyone has been cooking and baking this week.


  1. thanks for sharing this recipe - it looks like a good one which we'll try at Xmas. Your skeletons a ace!
    Thanks also for linking up to Foodie Foto Friday

  2. These are so cute. You should make them at Christmas and post up some photos :) I love seeing how people decorate x

    1. Thank you Melissa. I'll definitely be making some Christmas ones, was just checking today to see what cutters I've got! x

  3. very impressive love the skeleton, my stuff just never looks that professional, my home made stuff seriously looks home made

    1. Thank you Elaine. I spend far too much time searching for ideas on how to decorate things! But there's nothing wrong with things liking home made! x


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