321 biscuits

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Serves: 12

By LemonTart

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  • 100g sugar (I have used all sorts of sugar, all give different biscuits and work well. Golden brown granulated is my personal favourite)

  • 1 pinch cinnamon

  • 200g butter, softened (cooking marg is ok if you really must)

  • 300g plain flour


  1. The easiest way to make these is to put all the ingredients into a food processor and zap in quick bursts until the mixture forms a blob but be careful not to whizz for too long.
  2. If the mixture is failing to bind, add a little splash of water, but most of the time you can get away with it. If you are doing it by hand, sift the flour and sugar into a bowl, combine well.
  3. Add the softened butter and mix add any of your optional extras and it should come together into one big sticky ball.
  4. Once in a ball, wrap in cling film and leave in a fridge to rest for an hour. Longer is fine. You can divide and freeze half if you like.
  5. When ready to make the biscuits, pop oven on medium hot, and prep a couple of trays with greased paper/tin foil, lightly oiled.
  6. Roll out your dough on a cool floured surface 1/4 inch deep. Pick your favourite cutters and have fun.
  7. Pop onto the tray and bake for approx 10 mins - keep watch and remove them when golden.Leave to cool on a baking rack. Enjoy

Handy Hint

While still warm and soft sprinkle with a little sugar and it will stick. Alternatively, press in raisins or smarties to decorate. When cool they can be enjoyed plain or have fun decorating with icing and cake decorations.

Also, some vanilla essence, a tsp of orange juice or some lemon zest are all optional extras - not all at once though!

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

  • Kids party

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  • jessica86 10/11/09 14:04

    love this recipe was lots of fun with my son as he loves baking and being able to get in with his hands

  • PeppermintCreams 25/10/09 15:14

    Easy to make and cook. I even managed to get away without having to flour the surface before rolling. I added a teaspoon of vanilla. I cooked for 12 mins at gas mark 5 but my cutters are quite small. Have half the dough left over to use with my 17 month old who loves play dough. I like the idea of decorating with rasins. :)

  • mamamila 13/05/09 18:14

    just made and eating now! very fast, simple n delicious. I added a t spoon of mixed spice and probably too much butter

  • feedthegoat 26/03/09 19:23

    Really like that these are egg free - don't have to worry about ds with allergy handling them before cooked.

  • plusoneFoggyChristmasEve 05/12/08 14:38

    mmmmm yummy and so easy! made half now and half for the fridge

  • thecatbrighton 17/07/08 20:40

    what temp for the oven?

  • LemonTart 23/01/08 19:04

    Lots of fun to make and easy to remember the ingredients and quantities as the name "321 cookies" says it all. By freezing half or leaving half the mix in the fridge for a couple of days, good way to have fresh cookie mix to hand. Even really young toddlers can help stamping out the shapes and decorating. Great activity for a party too - if enough adult supervisors to hand.