Butter Biscuits

“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”

CS Lewis

I absolutely agree.  It’s just that sometimes Mr. Lewis, it is really really hard to say the very thing you really mean, mostly because often our good manners get in the way and we choose not to, in fact many is the situation that we should NOT say what we really mean.  Not at all.

For instance I would never; never never ever; tell the teller at my local that I find her slow and painfully unhelpful.  Even although this is the very thing I really mean, this teller is a rather large and stout woman with a cloudy and unfriendly demeanor and I will admit that I find her rather frightening.  So it’s a safety issue really.

Another instance where I try not to say the whole of what I really mean is right now.  The end of the end of the last term of school.  I have succumbed to severe school fatigue.  I am over packing lunches, over all the driving around, over the homework, over all the hundreds of things that I apparently need to buy for who knows what and stuff.  I am Jen Hatmaker’s Worst End of School Year Mom .  (My. Favourite. And. Best. Post. Ever.)

So given the right now of my life I know you will be as gracious and as kind to forgive my unusual heartfelt cookies, the cookies on which I said nothing more and nothing less than what I really meant.  It was all Photogirl’s idea.

We hijacked this amazing cookie cutter set from the lovely Mia who received it as a gift for her 11th birthday.  Yes that is correct.  We used the child’s new gift while she was at school.  (Mia was totally cool with it.)  So it was then that Photgirl and I spent a superfun morning saying exactly what we meant on a batch of rather delicious cookies.  It was wonderfully cathartic and really really funny.  CS Lewis would have been horrified, or proud, I am not sure, but if you were here, I think you would have laughed along with us too.

 You could write pretty Happy Holiday messages on the cookies too.  Maybe not as fun.

We Made this cookie for Amee.  She always said this the best!

Pretty Girl thought the STOP WHINING cookie was hilarious!  Have I mentioned how much I adore that child and her sense of humour?

You just never know when a cookie like this could come in handy…

Cookies make you happy.  I mean that. Really.


Butter Biscuits
Serves: 30 cookies
  • ½ cup (125 g) butter, softened
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 4 Tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Icing
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • Warm water
  • Gel food colouring, if desired
  1. Using the paddle attachment of a blender beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
  2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla essence.
  3. Sift together the flour, corn flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the flours to the creamed mixture.
  5. Continue beating until the mixture comes together into a firm dough.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball and place on a floured surface.
  7. Roll out with a rolling pin, moving the dough as you go to ensure that it is not sticking to the surface.
  8. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters.
  9. Place the cookies on a lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 180˚C for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
  10. Allow to cool.
  11. To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the hot water, a little at a time whisking until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  12. Colour if desired.
  13. Place the icing into a piping bag and use to decorate the cookies.


3 Comments on Butter Biscuits

  1. anna @ annamayeveryday
    November 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    So true, we can’t always say what we want, manners and all. Sometimes I can see one of my children almost bursting to say something but knowing they will have to wait until they can surreptitiously whisper it to me. These stamps are brilliant, I love them!

    • Sam Taylor
      November 29, 2013 at 7:35 am (6 years ago)

      Many is the day I literally will my kids to NOT say what I know they are thinking. Nooooo I yell in brain, not now! Hah, being a mom!

      This is a really fun cookie cutter set Anna, it takes some doing getting the letters on and off so if you have many things to say, its a day of cookie baking for sure!

  2. Monika
    December 14, 2013 at 7:06 am (6 years ago)

    Hahaha LOVE it!!!


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