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Pine nut biscuits

Vanilla and pine nuts will fill your home with the welcoming scent of baking.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves30
  • DifficultyEasy
115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp ground fennel seed
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
175g plain flour
35g pine nuts
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4. Line several large heavy baking sheets with silicone nonstick baking mats or greaseproof paper.

2) Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, fennel seed and salt in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour and mix just until blended.

3) Transfer the dough to a sheet of cling film. Shape the dough into a 20cm-long log, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours.

4) Remove the cling film and cut the dough log crosswise into 1/4 to 1/2cm thick slices. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them evenly apart. Press the pine nuts decoratively into the top of the biscuits.

5) Bake until the biscuits are golden around the edges, about 15 mins. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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