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Katie’s basic chocolate biscuit recipe

We recently came home from a shopping trip with lots of flatpack furniture. Every workman needs to be fueled by tea and biscuits but we did not have the latter in stock, so I set-to and baked up some treats. This is a really simple recipe and creates around 30 shortbread-like-biscuits. They take around 10 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook.



  • 250g margarine
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g good quality cocoa (I like Bournville)
  • Mixed icing tubes or icing sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C
  2. Mix marg and sugar in a large bowl into a light pale paste with a wooden spoon
  3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat to combine
  4. Sift the plain flour and cocoa (very important to sift as it can be lumpy) into the bowl bit-by-bit stirring to ensure it combines. Get your hands stuck in at the end to ensure the mixture is well combined
  5. On a clean surface cut the dough into 4 sections, roll equal 7-8 balls out of each section and place them spread out on a greased tray. Take the wooden spoon and flatten to create biscuit-like shapes
  6. Cook in the oven for 15 mins. Move straight onto a wire tray to allow them to cool
  7. Decorate with icing or sprinkle with icing sugar for a bit of fun!