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May 3, 2011

As a child I can remember my mother making these for a birthday present for my father.  She put them is a old sweets tin and then attached red cord to the tin.  We (the children) then got to “hide” the biscuits and twist the cord all around the house so my father had to follow the string to find the present. It was a very memorable birthday.

Get your kids to do something like that for your mother this Mother’s Day.  She will love it and the kids will have a lifetime memory.  The recipe below for these buttery treats is always a favourite with friends of mine.  The recipe contains a “cheat” in that it involves melting the butter rather than creaming the butter and sugar.

250g butter

1 teaspn vanilla essence

1/2 cup pure icing sugar

2 cups plain flour

1/3 cup cornflour


60g butter softened

1 large passionfruit

1 cup soft icing sugar


1.  Preheat oven to  160 C.  Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

2. Place the butter in a large glass bowl and place the bowl in a sink with hot water coming 1/3 up the sides of the bowl.  Leave until the butter is soft and has almost melted.  (Add more hot water if needed.)

2. Take bowl out of the hot water bath. Add icing sugar and vanilla to butter and mix together with wooden spoon until soft and fluffy.

3.  Add flours and mix again.

4. Roll heaped teaspoonfulls of mixture into small balls.  Place on trays.  Lightly flatten each biscuit with a fork dipped in flour until biscuits are 1 cm thick.

5. Bake for 15 minutes at 160 C until firm.  Cool on trays for 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


1.  Melt butter using the glass bowl in a sink with hot water trick, until it is soft and mostly melted.

2.  Beat the butter , passionfruit pulp and icing sugar together with a wooden spoon until the icing is light and fluffy.

3.  Spread flat side of one biscuit with icing and join together two biscuits. 

Slightly adapted from a recipe in recipe book.

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