Biscuits are handy.
They can sidetrack a hungry belly that is calling out for food.
They can quieten a noisy Monkey.
You can eat them with one hand.
They can give a subtle little sugar hit, when the search is on.
You can balance one on your nose… if you felt so inclined.
And most importantly they are really easy to make.
Chocolate Vanilla Layer Biscuits, my current favourites.
Chocolate Vanilla Layer Biscuits
250g softened butter
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
4 tsp vanilla
450g (3 cups) plain flour
2 1/2 tbls cocoa
Beat softened butter and sugar together until creamy looking. Add vanilla and eggs, beat until mixed well. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms. Divide the mixture in half, and add the cocoa to one of the halves. Mix it in well. Roll out mixtures seperately, between two sheets of baking paper to about 1cm thickness with a rolling pin. Pop the dough sheets in to the fridge until hardens completely.
Once hardened, take the sheets out, remove baking paper and line the two doughs on top of each other. With a sharp knife, cut through the two layers, about an inch in width. Place strips on top of remaining dough and cut again, making sure it’s the same size. Once you have the four layers, cut strips into approximately 1 cm sized thickness. Lay them on a lined baking tray, and keep going with the rest of the dough.
Bake at 180C for approximately 25 minutes.
(This recipe makes quite a few biscuits… but it does depend on how much of the dough you eat raw.)