Recipe to make vanilla biscuits

Simple vanilla biscuit recipe – baking with kids

Perfect for smothering in icing and sprinkles, this simple vanilla biscuit recipe makes whipping up a batch quick and easy! Adding a few drops of food colouring to the dough gives these biscuits a little twist.

Who doesn’t like a biscuit with their cuppa…anyone? Even better when a tasty treat can be turned into a fun activity with little ones too! The simplicity of this vanilla biscuit recipe makes it perfect for baking with children – you can either mix by hand or use a mixer, both work well!

Decorating the biscuits is an activity in itself. Why not set up a decorating station for a play date activity?


  • Greaseproof paper
  • Baking tray
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Cooling wrack


  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g softened butter (stork works perfectly – that’s what we use!)
  • 175g sieved plain flour
  • food colouring (if required)
  • Sprinkles and icing to decorate (or for extra tastiness try coloured melted white chocolate – it works a treat)


  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set the oven to 180°
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  4. Gently stir in the flour until combined to create a fairly stiff dough. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in with your hands to form a ball of dough (you can always add a drop of water if it becomes too firm).
  5. Separate the dough into two or three sections and add a few drops of food colouring to each. Gently knead to spread the colour evenly through each ball, being careful not to over work.
  6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes of around 0.5cm deep using your cookie cutters.
  7. Pop onto your prepared baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

Ev and Harmie love the colours of these biscuits – pink seemed to be the overall favourite – and they enjoyed covering them in icing and sprinkles. I am reliably informed however, that the best part of all was eating the biscuits and they were happy with these plain or smothered!

Two children sat at a table eating biscuits

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