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Butter Cookies


  • 200 g soft Unsalted Lurpak butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 300 g icing sugar


  1. Using a hand held mixer or a food processor beat together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Whisk in the egg yolk and vanilla extract, then finally the flour to make a dough. If it’s a little sticky add a little more flour.
  3. Remove from the bowl/food processor and on a floured work surface roll out pieces of the dough in batches to about a £1 thickness.
  4. Cut out into shapes using a biscuit cutter, place onto a lined baking tray. Re-roll the off cuts and repeat until all the dough is used up. Place these in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to firm up so they keep their shape when baking.
  5. Heat the oven to 180/160 C fan/gas mark 6
  6. Bake on the middle shelf for 8-12 minutes or until just colored on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before decorating with icing.
  7. To make the icing sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix in a couple of tablespoons of tepid water, wadding more water if needed to make a thick paste.