a wonderful recipe from my dear friend Douglas H.


  • 250g butter, softened in microwave oven

  • half a cup of caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 2 and a quarter cups of plain flour

  • 100g flaked almonds


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 150C fan forced

  • 2.

    Beat butter, sugar and vanilla till light and fluffy (approx 5 mins)

  • 3.

    Stir in sifted flour and almonds

  • 4.

    Roll rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls.

  • 5.

    Place 2cm apart on greased oven trays.

  • 6.

    Press slightly with a fork.

  • 7.

    Bake for for about 20 minutes or until pale straw colour.

  • 8.

    Let stand 10 minutes on tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

  • 9.

    When cool, sprinkle with icing sugar.

  • 10.

    Makes about 35-40 biscuits

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (14 servings)

  • Energy 269kj
  • Fat Total 18g
  • Saturated Fat 9g
  • Protein 3g
  • Carbohydrate 23g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Sodium 2mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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I rolled half the batch & 'formed' the other half using a teaspoon.
The unrolled biscuits looked nicer and less uniform in my opinion.

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Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
Having cooled, the texture of the unrolled pastry far exceeded the texture of the rolled shortbreads.
My advice would be to grab a teaspoonful of dough, place it on the baking sheet, then bring the mixture together with your fingertips. No rolling. No kneading. No excessive heat/touching (developing gluten & making them slightly tougher than those not 'overworked).
Posted by Christina38Report
You can also use a small buttered ice cream scoop to form cookies and put icing sugar on when cookies are hot, sticks to cookie better when there warm