Vanilla Bean Butter Biscuits

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I’ve got my head full of Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free questions at the moment – these little morsels of sweetness are none of that and they are divine!  I’m sure there is a version of these in every CWA and Womans Weekly Cookbook they are that type of good old fashioned bikkie, up there with jam drops and peanut butter cookies! Little Miss just saw me writing this and said “Mummy those bikkies are so, so yummy” high approval ratings from the 5 year old – would be better if she were asleep in bed though!

There are only 4 ingredients in these ones and so simple to make.  You can choose what type of sugar you want to use I’ve gone for coconut sugar today.*  You can also use either the seeds from a vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste (1 tsp = 1 vanilla bean).  I’ve done it in step by step photo’s for you…..

*Coconut sugar a lower GI than refined cane sugar which means the energy release is slower so the kids don’t get that sugar high at recess and then crash in the classroom (that is the theory anyway!) but up to you.

Ingredients

125 g butter, softened

1/2 C (80g) icing sugar or coconut sugar (I milled it in the Thermomix 10 seconds / speed 9)

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 1/4 (130g) plain flour (I used Gluten Free flour, every flour weighs differently so you may want to use measuring cups depending on what type of flour you are using)

Method

If you are milling your own sugar into icing sugar do that first and then add the butter and vanilla.  With a Thermomix 10 seconds / speed 4 or in an electric mixer beat until light and fluffy.

Add the flour and combine. Thermo – 4 seconds / speed 4 and then knead the dough.  In the Thermomix this was 2 minutes on the kneading function.  If you are doing it by hand knead on a floured surface until smooth.

Thermo-kneading-butter-dough-web                                           When it looks like this take it out and smooth it out into a ball

Shape the dough into a log, depending on how you want them to look it could be rectangular or round.

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Then wrap the log in cling film and put in the fridge for about half an hour

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Preheat the oven to 180 C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Take the log out of the fridge and slice into biscuits sized slices.

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Place them on the prepared trays – makes about 28 – 30 depending on the length of your log (try saying that in a hurry)

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Bake for about 12 minutes and then let cool on the trays.

Enjoy!

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4 comments on “Vanilla Bean Butter Biscuits

  1. Ilana
    July 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I think these will be the perfect little treat to send on the bus to year 5 camp on Monday! Thanks again Vicki have been looking for something simple and delicious.

    • Vicki
      July 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Pleasure. They were a winner here so hopefully on the bus too!

  2. Crud
    May 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Are these super sweet or a nice balance?

    • Vicki
      May 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      They are sweet, like shortbread but not too over the top

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