vanilla snap biscuits

I was asked by Susie from Flowerpress for the recipe for these delicious cookies...and thought I would share with everyone, as really, they are so very easy, and will have your kitchen smelling of vanilla.  These biscuits are a favourite in our house!
Recipe is by Donna Hay (Modern Classics 2).

Vanilla Snap image by Drizzle and Dip

185g (6oz) butter
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 & 1/2 ts vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups (all purpose) plain flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk, extra
icing (confectioner's) sugar to serve

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350F).  Process the butter, sugar and vanilla in a food processor until smooth.  Add the flour, egg and egg yolk and process again to form a smooth dough.  Knead the dough lightly, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper until 5mm (1/4 inch) thick.
Cut the dough into shapes using cookie cutters.  Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.  Cool on wire racks.  To serve, dust with icing sugar.  Makes 45.

my recipe footnotes:
We don't using the baking paper when we roll, mainly because my 'helpers' like to see the dough squishing underneath as they are rolling - i just use a little flour on the pin...they do stick a little but it's not too bad.
We usually eat them 'undusted'...just as delicious.

We seem to have amassed quite a range of cookie cutters, but if you need a good supply source, these from Bisk-art are made in Australia.

happy baking


  1. Dear Luisa, you are a sweetie! Thanks for posting the recipe. They look delicious, can't wait to make them and I have the cutest vintage cutters to use :-)

  2. Yum indeed! I tried these out this morning. They're great! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. Just got a batch in the oven as I type, kitchen smells divine

  4. Oh my god! These look so delicious. I made some Donna Hay cookies the other day: but nowhere near as refined as yours look. Might have to keep practising. I'll report back after I've made your lovely vanilla snaps!


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