How can opening a packet of cookies ever compare with taking your own creation out fresh from the oven? It's simple and it's bound to give you hero status among the kids!


  • 375g / 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 200g / 1 cup caster sugar

  • 230g / 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1.

    Place the butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the butter is creamed.

  • 2.

    Add the flour and pulse until it just comes together. Use a spatula to push down the sides. Give it a few more pulses. Take out the blade. Tip the dough out on to a work surface and bring it together into a soft dough. Form it into a roll approx 2 inches in diameter.

  • 3.

    Lay a sheet of cling film on a work surface. Place your roll of dough on the cling film and wrap it up, twisting the ends closed. Put in the freezer or fridge to harden.

  • 4.

    Take out, remove from the cling film. Using a sharp knife slice into discs about 1.5cm thick. Place onto a lined baking tray and cook in an oven preheated to 180C for 25 to 30 minutes.

  • 5.

    Decorate as desired.

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