The Good Foundation

The Good Foundation

These biscuits are super easy to make. I’ve added an egg which might seem unusual for a biscuit dough, but it really helps to give you that lovely light texture.


125g unsalted butter, at room temperature 100g caster sugar

1 large egg, preferably freerange

or organic

200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

¼ teaspoon baking powder sea salt

1 lemon

1 mandarin

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

a pinch of ground cloves 2 heaped tablespoons demerara sugar

for the icing (optional): 150g icing sugar


Electric mixer

  • large mixing bowls Sieve

Measuring spoons Microplane grater Wooden spoon Cling film

2 large baking trays Greaseproof paper Rolling pin

Biscuit cutters (roughly 5cm) Wire cooling rack


  • To make the biscuit dough: 1 use an electric mixer to beat the butter and caster sugar together in a bowl until light and
  • Crack in the egg and beat again until fully combined, sieve in the flour, then add the baking powder and a pinch of
  • Finely grate in the zest of the lemon and mandarin, then add the cinnamon and ground
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together – don’t worry if the dough seems a bit wet at this
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm

To  bake the biscuits:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas Line 2 large baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Lightly dust a work surface and rolling pin with flour, then roll out the dough to roughly 0.5cm
  • Stamp out shapes using a biscuit cutter, then place on the lined baking trays. If you don’t want to decorate your biscuits with icing, sprinkle with the demerara sugar before
  • Put the trays in the oven and bake for around 12 minutes, or until the edges are
  • Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to

To make the icing:

  • If you want to ice your biscuits, mix the icing sugar with the juice of half a lemon until
  • Drizzle the icing over the biscuits in nice


  • Use different cutter shapes depending on the occasion – choose stars, Christmas trees or holly to give these biscuits a real Christmassy vibe or use hearts for Valentine’s
  • These biscuits make great decorations – make a small hole near the edge of the biscuit before you bake Once cooked, thread some ribbon through the hole and tie into a loop for hanging.