1-2-3 Cookies

1-2-3 Cookies

One of our most requested recipes. A simple and delicious cookie recipe that doesn’t spread so perfect for decorating.

This is a very versatile recipe, you can make a chocolate version by replacing a few tablespoons of flour with cocoa.

I use this mixture to make jam squares – pat 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 20cm tin, pile on a generous amount of jam and then grate the remaining cookie dough on top. Bake for about 30 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.

I also make variations by adding spices, chopped nuts and/or citrus zest.

This recipe is perfect for decorating with Royal Icing

123 Biscuits

Julie Donald
Delicious butter cookies, perfect for decorating with royal icing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Baking
Servings 36 large cookies


  • 250 g castor sugar or granulated sugar
  • 500 g butter room temperature
  • 5 ml vanilla essence or other flavouring
  • 750 g flour
  • 3 ml salt optional


  • Preheat oven to 160°. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together.
  • Add the flour and salt and work the mixture to form a soft dough.
  • Chill the mixture until firm.
  • Roll our dough between two plastic sheets and cut out shapes.
  • Place on a greased or lined baking sheet and bake at 160°C until firm to the touch.


Divide your mixture into two and add 15ml cocoa powder to one half to make two tone biscuits.
Flavour the mixture with grated lemon rind, vanilla essence or almond essence for different flavours.
Decorate the tops of your biscuits with nuts, cherries or candied peel.
Keyword Biscuits, Cookies