Crunchy cookies, chewy brownies, decadent tortes, cute cupcakes, crusty baked bread…baking is an art this world would just not be the same without. Do you even know anyone who could honestly say they don’t have deep, unconditional love for at least one of the above? We thought not! This World Baking Day, it’s time to dig out that rolling pin and prepare something delicious! Surprise a friend, coworker, neighbour or relative with a delicious sweet or savoury treat to let them know how much you care, or just make something to enjoy in your own home.

Nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting back with a cup of coffee or tea and perhaps a book, enjoying a piece of pie.

However, you decide to celebrate this day, make sure you and your nearest and dearest enjoy this day and all of its sweetness to the fullest.

These vanilla biscuits are snappy, buttery and delicious. 


185 grams butter

1 cup caster sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cups flour

1 egg

1 egg yolk

icing sugar to dust


Preheat the oven to 180 c / 350 f

In a food processor mix the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth

Add the flour, egg and egg yolk and process until the mixture forms a soft dough

Take the dough out the processor and knead slightly bringing it together in a ball and wrap it in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of baking paper until about ½ cm / 5mm thick

Cut the dough into approximately 7cm rounds

Place the dough rounds on a baking sheet that has been lined with baking paper or silicone baking sheets

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown

Remove the biscuits carefully from the baking tray and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack as they have a tendency to carry over cooking and could turn too brown once removed from the oven (I generally cool all biscuits on a cooling rack).

When cooled, dust them with some icing sugar or decorate as desired.

[recipe: Sam Linsell]