This is an easy and delicious recipe to make any cut-out biscuits with, whether it is for a birthday party and you want hearts, cats or dinosaurs, or whether you need a tea-time biscuit decorated with edible flowers.
360g caster sugar
10ml vanilla extract
440g cake flour
70g cocoa powder, sieved
5ml baking powder
5ml bicarbonate of soda
Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Beat until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix at high speed for 1 minute.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a separate mixing bowl.
Now add a spoonful of this mixture with the engine running on low speed until all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated.
Scoop the biscuit dough into a plastic bag and put into the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.
Preheat your oven to 180℃.
Line a baking sheet with baking paper or a silicone baking mat.
Lightly dust a work surface with cake flour and roll the dough to a thickness of between 3 and 5mm.
Cut the biscuits with a biscuit cutter and place onto the baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes so that they may firm up.
Cool the biscuits completely on a cooling rack before decorating.