Chocolate Cut-out Biscuits

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.

240g butter

360g caster sugar

2 eggs

10ml vanilla extract

440g cake flour

70g cocoa powder, sieved

5ml baking powder

5ml bicarbonate of soda

2,5ml salt

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.

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