· 250g Unsalted Butter (softened)
· 250g Golden Caster Sugar
· 2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
· ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
· 500g Plain Flour
· 1 Tsp Baking Powder
· Halloween-themed biscuit cutters
· Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, preferably using an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the flour.)
· Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir the flour into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
· Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
· Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface. (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters.
· Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little.
· Bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
You can always add some spooky Halloween icing to your biscuits or dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder.