Citizen Reporter
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17 Nov 2021
1:29 pm

Recipe of the day: Three-ingredient biscuit recipes you have to try

Citizen Reporter

With these quick and easy recipes, you have no excuse to buy store-bought cookies this festive season.

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Who doesn’t love a fresh, buttery biscuit with their morning coffee? There’s nothing like a bit of sugar to get you going for the day.

These three-ingredient biscuit recipes will come in handy if you are planning on baking sweet treats for friends and family over the festive season.

Not only are they quick and easy to make, they are also inexpensive as they only use three ingredients.

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Three-ingredient eat-sum-mor biscuits


  • 125g butter room temperature
  • ¼ cup icing/powdered sugar
  • 1 cup +2 tablespoon cake wheat or all-purpose flour


  1. Beat the butter and sugar until light, creamy and pale in colour. About 2 minutes.
  2. Add the flour, little bits at a time, until you form a pliable dough. I used exactly 1 cup and 2 tablespoons. You may require less or more.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to about 1cm thickness. Cut out square shapes.
  4. Place the shapes on the cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  5. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until the edges start turning brown.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


  • If you don’t have a square cutter, you can roll the dough into 2 logs and refrigerate for an hour. Use a knife to cut the logs into shapes
  • If you prefer your biscuits a little sweeter you can increase the amount of sugar to ⅓ of a cup.
  • Don’t add all the flour at once, when making the dough. Weather can affect the moisture content in the flour so sometimes you may need less and other times more.

This recipe was found on Thamarind & Thyme  

3-ingredient eat-sum-mor biscuits
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Three-ingredient peanut butter cookies


  • 1 cup no salt and sugar added peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • A handful chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (optional)


  1. Beat peanut butter, sugar and eggs together. Add in chocolate chips at the end (if using).
  2. Roll into balls, place on a tray lined with baking parchment and squish down with a fork.
  3. Bake at 180ºC for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

This recipe was found on Woolworths Taste

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies
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Three-ingredient shortbread recipe


  • 340g (3 sticks) butter
  • 130g (1 cup) icing sugar confectioners’ sugar or powdered sugar
  • 375g (3 cups) plain flour all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 160 °C (fan-forced). Line two large flat baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 
  2. Beat the butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium until smooth (approximately 30 seconds). 
  3. Slowly add the icing sugar and continue mixing until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  4. Add the flour and mix on low speed until combined (please note that the mixture will be crumbly at this stage). 
  5. Gently knead the dough into a ball (but don’t overwork it) and place into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill. Roll out to ½-1cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough shapes out. 
  6. Place the shapes onto the prepared trays and bake for 12-15 minutes or until just very lightly golden (do not overcook). 
  7. Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

This recipe was found on Bake Play Smile

3-ingredient shortbread recipe
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