Choc-dipped biscuits

A quick easy biscuit recipe for when you fancy a treat and also taste great without the chocolate dipped ends. This is a recipe I have made many times and it always turns out great, unlike some biscuit recipes I've tried!

115g/4oz/1/2cup soft margarine such as pure or vitalite.
3tbsp icing sugar
150g/5oz/1 ¼ cups plain flour
Few drops of pure vanilla essence
75g/3oz plain chocolate, broken into squares

Beat margarine and icing sugar together until soft. Mix in the flour and vanilla essence.
Preheat the oven to 180C/3560F/Gas 4 and lightly grease two baking sheets.
Shape into whatever biscuit shapes you prefer, round, oblong etc. Cook for 15-20 minutes until pale golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before lifting on to a wire rack. Leave the biscuits to cool completely.
Put the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of hot, but not boiling water and leave to melt. Can also be microwaved to melt, but be careful not to burn, a little at a time, unless you know your microwave oven well. Dip both ends of each biscuit in the chocolate, put back onto rack and leave to set.
From cooking for your vegetarian kids by Roz Denny

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