I’m trying to cut down on sugar for the whole family at the moment, and these tasty cheesy biscuits are a great snack for after school or just before bed. They are super-simple to make, much healthier than crisps or sweets and home-made biscuits are so much tastier than anything you can buy in a shop! Don’t be put off by the fact that cheese in them is parmesan, kids love them, especially if you finish them off with cheeky Marmite dinosaur footprints!
They’re also tasty-enough for adults too. I use the same mixture to make cheese straws which are crumbly and light and intensely cheesy, not like the bland ones you buy in the shops. Just cut into fine strips instead of circles instead and keep an eye on them while they’re baking to make sure they don’t get over-browned.
- 100g butter (room temperature)
- 80g Parmesan cheese (fresh and finely grated)
- 100g plain flour
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon of Marmite to make the footprints (optional)
Put the butter, Parmesan, flour, salt and pepper in a mixer until it comes together to form a loose dough.
Turn the dough into a lightly floured surface and roll out until about 5mm thick. Don’t knead or overwork it, just press together into a ball and then roll.
Cut out rounds using a floured biscuit cutter (I used the top of a jam jar approx 4cm across).
Place the biscuits on baking tray and then have some fun. First the toy dinosaur needs to stamp in a puddle of Marmite, then he needs to carefully press his footprints into the surface of the biscuit dough.
It would probably wise to wash the dinosaur first, although I don’t want to sound like I’m lecturing you on hygiene. After all I’m a firm believer that a bit of dirt will do their immune systems good, so wash and disinfect the dinosaur at your discretion…
Bake for around 8 minutes at 180 degrees C.
Cool on a wire rack