Plain iced biscuits

No childhood would be complete without making (and eating) plenty of plain iced biscuits. This simple recipe is sure to become a family favourite

  • 25 mins cooking
  • 30 mins marinating
  • Makes 40
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This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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  • 175 gram butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • a few drops food colouring
  • sprinkles/sweets to decorate


  • 1
    Line 2-3 oven trays with baking paper.
  • 2
    Cream the butter and sugar with an electric beater until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one, beating well. Add the vanilla essence.
  • 3
    Sift over the flour and baking powder and fold together to form a soft dough (adding a little more flour if necessary). Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • 5
    Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 3mm. Use cutters (dipped in flour) to cut out shapes and place them on the prepared oven trays. Re-roll any remaining dough, using as little flour as possible.
  • 6
    Bake for 10-12 minutes until just starting to colour. Leave for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • 7
    To make the icing, beat the egg whites until they are becoming frothy. Add the icing sugar, half a cup at a time, mixing until it becomes glossy and is a spreadable consistency. Divide the icing into 2-3 small bowls and add a drop or two of food colouring to each. Ice the biscuits and decorate them with sprinkles and lollies such as Smarties.