These delicious biscuits are great for baking with children. They require few ingredients and are extremely easy to do. This recipe has been used in my family for generations. One of the great things about the simplicity of these is that you can vary your shape and design for any occasion.
You Will Need
150g Caster sugar
400g Plain flour
½ tsp vanilla essence
Mix together the margarine and the caster sugar until light and fluffy. Rub in the flour until you have ‘breadcrumb’ texture.
Lightly whisk the eggs with the vanilla essence and add to the dry mixture. Mix together until you have a dough (the dough with be slightly sticky at first – or at least mine always is).
Tip the dough onto a floured surface and lightly knead. Roll the dough out to 1-2cm thickness.
Cut out whatever shapes you wish to use and place them onto a baking tray lined with parchment or baking paper. For a fossil effect, press small dinosaur and other toys into the biscuits to create prints in the dough.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 4/180c/160 fan for 15 minutes or until a pale golden brown colour.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
If you don’t want to make fossil biscuits and instead chose to keep your pattern plain, here are a few ideas for you.
When not making fossil effect biscuits, we usually use icing made from icing sugar and water and top the biscuits with sprinkles.
You can add 100g of currents to the dry mix before adding the egg to make current biscuits.
You might want to try dipping the biscuits into chocolate for an even sweeter treat.
You could also experiment with different flavours in place of vanilla. For a zesty twist, try adding the rind of 1/2 a lemon and 1/2 tsp lemon essence.