Good ole Nigella eh? You can always rely on her for a quick and easy recipe to impress everyone, yet is easy enough to get the kids involved.
Mia and I made these cookies today and funnily enough it’s the grown ups who seem to have scoffed the most!
A lovely melting butter taste, they keep their shape while cooking and make you look like a kitchen diva.
175g soft unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
300g icing sugar
1. Cream butter and sugar together until pale and moussey.
2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
3. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt then add these to the butter and eggs and mix.
4. The mix should be doughy. If you think it’s too sticky, add a touch more flour but do so sparingly as too much will make the dough too tough.
5. Halve the dough, form into fat discs, wrap each one in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
6. When you’re ready to make, preheat oven to 180C/Gas mark 4.
7. Sprinkle kitchen surface with flour and place one half of dough on it (leave other half in the fridge until you’re ready to use it).
Sprinkle a little flour on top to stop it sticking to the rolling pin then roll out to about half cm thickness.
8. Cut shapes into the dough and place the biscuits a little apart on a greased or lined baking sheet.
9. Bake for 8-12 minutes, by which time they should be lightly golden around the edges.
10. Cool on a rack and continue with the rest of the dough.
When all your biscuits are fully cooled you can start icing.
11. Put a couple of tablespoons of hot water into a large bowl and add the icing sugar. Mix together adding more water as you need it to form a thick paste.
Colour as desired with food colouring – let your imagination run wild!
12. Hand over to your children to decorate at will. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT at any point hand them the food colouring and let them take the lid off and sniff. A stained bright red top lip is not a pretty sight!
Makes around 50 biscuits.
Recipe from Nigella Lawson’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess.