Lunch Lady's Shortbread Face Biscuits

These cute biscuits from the brilliant gals at Lunch Lady need only three ingredients (plus melted chocolate for icing, if you fancy) and are perfect little edible emoticons for perking up the school run. You can make the whole dough in moments and if you work in ounces, the quantities (2oz, 4oz, 6oz...) are the same as the kids' Two Times Table so you won't even have to look them up each time to make them. If you want to make Batman (and who wouldn't?) he's very straightforward, too, and just rocks a little extra flake or two of desiccated coconut for his eyes.


55g (2oz) caster sugar
125g (4oz) butter, at room temperature
180g (6oz) plain flour
1 pack chocolate chips (optional for icing)
1 tsp coconut oil (optional for icing)
handful of desiccated coconut (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5. Line baking trays with baking paper.

2. Beat the sugar and the butter in an electric mixer until creamy.

3. Stir in the flour until smooth.

4. Pop your dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently roll out until about 1cm thick.

5. Cut your dough into faces using a round cutter or cut and score Batman faces using a sharp knife (and our simple diagram). Use a wooden skewer to mark out eyes and mouths before popping in the fridge for 20 minutes.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they're on the paler side of golden brown.

7. Cool on wire racks.

8. To decorate, melt the chocolate drops and coconut oil in a mug set in a plastic jug of boiling water. Stir until smooth then use a little pastry or clean paint brush to add your details. For Batman's eyes, use tweezers, or a steady hand, to place a strand of desiccated coconut for each eye peering through his chocolate mask.