These versatile cookies can be made as filled biscuits with jam, curd or frosting or as a single layer iced biscuit. They are fun to decorate and easy to make.

125 g butter or shortening
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups plain flour
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Jam for filling if desired

Glace icing – for decorating
1 cup icing sugar
Squeeze of lemon juice or a drop or two of artificial colour and flavour such as raspberry or peppermint.

Makes around 15+ filled biscuits depending on size.

Pre heat the oven to 180°
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence and mix well, then stir in the flour and mix to a firm dough.
Knead the dough lightly then roll out on a floured surface. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Use a smaller cutter to remove the centres from the biscuits if you want to see some of the filling. Place on greased baking trays and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until lightly golden.
Remove from trays and when cool spread the some of the biscuits with jam, top with the biscuits that have no centres. Others can be spread with glace icing and decorated as desired.

Combine the glace icing ingredients, using only as much water as you need to make a spreadable icing. Ice the top of each cooled cookie with icing and decorate as desired, Sprinkles, silver balls, edible glitter…

Cooks tip: If you haven’t got cookie cutters improvise with a drinking glass for the biscuits and use a screw top bottle cap to cut out the centres or raid the kids play dough cutters and see what they’ve got.