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The Revised Recipe for Home Made Butter Cookies - How to Make Homemade Biscuits/Cookies

Updated on October 10, 2011

Nothing Nicer Than Home-made

I well remember those days, when my mother would go into the kitchen early in the morning.

She would get my dad to pull out the electric mixer, assorted mixing bowls, scales and baking trays and pans. Out would come the recipe books, this was just for show, as she never seemed to refer to them, not to my knowledge at any rate.

That could mean only one thing, she was in the mood for baking. This would mean several things to me.

Firstly, I would be making the rounds to the dairy, a place were they sold milk, cheese and butter, for butter and milk. Then to the grocery store for fresh flour and cakes of yeast, also maybe some sugar.

Secondly I would be having a whole lot of bowls, spatulas and general impliments to lick out before ging them a good wash and rinse with salt water.

Butter Biscuits an all time favourite


500g of salted butter

500g of white sugar

2 jumbo eggs

2 ml salt

5 ml Baking powder

4 cups of cake flour

Putting it Together


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  • Leave the butter to soften to room temperature, once softened cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Add the eggs and stir until the mixture is well blended.
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into the bowl containing the wet ingredients, and mix it through thoroughly.
  • Prepare your baking trays, by lightly greasing them.
  • Place the mixture in a biscuit gun and press out your biscuits leaving moderate spacing between each biscuit.

If you do not have a biscuit gun

  • Roll the dough out into a long sausage of about two inches in diameter
  • Cut this into discs of about a quarter of an inch thick.

Or roll out onto a floured board and using a cookie cutter, cut them out into shapes.

At this stage, you might want to add dollops of fondants, cherries or nuts to the biscuits, do so and have fun with the experiment, and enjoy the results.

Place the completed biscuit tray in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown at the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down for a few minutes before handling them, as they firm and crisp up at this stage.

For those who prefer added decorations of chocolate drizzles or half dipped in chocolate, you need to wait until they are completely cold.

These biscuits, as they contain no preservatives, have a limited shelf of around 4 days if stored in an airtight container.

Not that they ever last that long in the average household, as they are so very tasty indeed, either plain or fancy.

Home Made Butter Biscuits


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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Equealla, I will, but might do E'Books or CD/DVD's 1st. Time will tell.

      Thanks for your support.

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Publish your cookbooks on Amazon - I will buy!

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      8 years ago

      Hi I posted the above comment as a reply to Equealla's comment on my hub.

      It is cold in my little office and having finger problems, it must be about 3 degrees centigrade at 06h45 on the 21 July

      Have a tremendous day.

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      8 years ago

      Equealla, yes it is sad that home baking has to a certain extent faded away and the home industries have are the main marketing place for those that still do it.

      I make and sell for people that I know and at the wife's workplace!

      I am in the process of producing some cookbooks.

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Hmm, nice "soetkoekies" There are not many people left doing the home baking thing any more. It is so sad.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Hi Karen,

      Everything is fine on my side. Thanks

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi Rodney,

      Just stopped by to say hello. Hope all is well with you.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      RGraf, well good luck in making them, they are one of the easier and more tasty cookies. Thanks for the comment!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I can smell them from here! It has been years since I made simple butter cookies. I'll have to try these.


    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Hi all I am backl after my operation and all. Thanks for the feedback

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      These cookies sound scrumptious. I put a link on my last hub "Simple Summer Meals.

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      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Another good hub!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      well wonderful cookies and great pics too thanks...G-Ma :o) hugs


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