The Foolproof Butter biscuit recipe

This post was sponsored by Royal Baking Powder.

Are you looking for an easy butter biscuit recipe? Thanks to Royal Baking Powder, you can get it right on the first attempt!

I tested out this recipe more than twice with my kids to make sure that it is really that simple and easy to make. You can use this recipe for any special occasion like we did during the Easter holidays.


It is important to follow the instructions especially when it comes to cutting out the shapes with the cookie cutter. If you don’t flour the surface properly, your dough will become sticky and you won’t end up getting the desired shape you want.

Cookie cutters will be your best friend for biscuits and if you really want, you can get the kids involved to ice the biscuits to make it even more special for them.

This recipe makes around 24 biscuits, but it depends on how big your cookie cutters are.

The Foolproof Butter biscuit recipe:


125 g butter or margarine, softened

80 ml (1/3 cup) icing sugar, sifted

1 extra-large egg yolk

3 ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla essence

250 ml (1 cup) cake flour

3 ml (1/2 tsp) Royal Baking Powder

1 ml (pinch) salt



Cream butter and icing sugar together.

Add egg yolk and essence and beat well.

Sift flour, Royal Baking Powder, and salt together.

Add to butter mixture and mix well to a smooth, firm dough.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface (very important otherwise the dough will stick) and shape into a log of about 5 cm in diameter.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge or freezer until firm.

Cut the chilled dough into about 7 mm thick slices and place on greased baking trays.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.

Turn out onto wire racks to cool.

Store in an airtight container.

Tip: The dough can be stored for up to two weeks in the fridge.


For Cherry biscuits, add 60g red glacé cherries, coarsely chopped.

For Coconut biscuits, add 60 ml (1/4 cup) desiccated coconut.

If you try the recipe, please take a picture of your delicious dish and share it on the Royal Baking Powder Facebook page @RoyalBakingPowderSA and use the #GetItRighwithRoyal.

Happy Baking!

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