Back on 19 October 1982 my mother bought me a biscuit gun! She packaged it up and sent it out to Australia just in case we couldn't get them here. I know this is the exact date because she wrote it on the box along with a note highlighting the biscuit recipe she had used on the back of the box.
For a while it was well used and then after several house moves it somehow never got unpacked. Last year our shed was demolished and numerous tea chests were unpacked for the first time in ages and the "Super Biscuit Maker" made a come back!
It is retro cream and brown and the little metal disc shapes fit into the end of the gun to create the pattern. These discs have hung about in the "3rd drawer" next to the cooker, sad and alone for years, miraculously managing to escape being thrown out by the man! He has a tendency for throwing things away. It must be very difficult for a minimalist sharing a house with a hoarder, poor love!
He loved these though - just as well as this recipe made dozens!
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
500g plain flour
Cream butter and sugar together
Add eggs and flavouring
Sieve in flour and mix the remaining ingredients a little at a time until a soft dough is achieved.
Form the biscuits on a chilled baking tray.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C (400F) for 8-10 mins.
They cook very quickly so keep an eye on them.