Cocoa Bean and Vanilla Biscuits
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 25 - 30
  • 200g butter, cubed
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 level teaspoon vanilla seeds (or 5ml extract)
  • 250g cake flour, sifted
  • 2 heaped tablespoons freshly ground cocoa beans
  • 2 or 3 grinds of coarse salt
  1. Beat the butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until pale and creamy.
  2. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Add the flour, salt and beans and continue mixing until the dough just comes together. At all times, try to keep the dough as cool as possible and don't over mix. Wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for half an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 4mm thick and press out the shape of your choice. Or just roll into walnut sized balls and flatten.
  5. Place on a prepared baking tray and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly golden.
* You could use your favourite cookie or shortbread recipe and just chuck in the cocoa beans.
Recipe by Two Suitcases and a Tin Pot at