Vanilla (or any other) Crisp Biscuits

Note: These recipes use NZ measurements. 1 c = 1 cup = 250 ml. 1 T = 1 tablespoon = 15 ml. 1 D = 2 teaspoons. 1 t = 1 teaspoon = 5ml. If you're in America, you may find you need a little extra baking powder in recipes that use it.

125g (4oz) butter
175g (6oz) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
225g (8oz) flour
1 t baking powder
50g (2oz) sultanas or raisins
- Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.
- Peanut Brownies Use 7oz flour and 1 oz cocoa instead of all flour and add 1 cup of peanuts.
- Almond. Leave out fruit and use almond essence instead of vanilla. Press an almond on top of each ball of mix.

Cream butter, sugar and essence, add egg, then mix in dry ingredients. Roll into balls and press with fork. Bake 15 – 20 minutes at 160C until golden brown. Cool on a rack. Keep in airtight container to preserve crispness.
Makes about 32

USA - Use a heaped teaspoon baking powder. Variation by AW Substitute 8oz flour with 1 oz cocoa, 3 oz rolled oats and 4oz flour Add chopped pecans or walnuts too if you like.