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Easy Peasy Yo-Yo Biscuit Recipe

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe )
I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
Published March 11th 2012
Everybody loves eating Yo-Yos, and luckily, they're easy enough to make for even the most culinary-challenged person in the household.

This fantastic little recipe is always a winner for school fetes, tea parties or cooking experiments with the kids, so why not give it a shot?

Easy Peasy Yo-Yos
Anyone can make yummy Yo-Yos


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It will take about 20 minutes to prepare the dough, and about 15 minutes for them to cook in the oven. Give them a bit of cooling off time, pair them up with a bit of icing and you're good as gold.

You'll need:

1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
cup (65g) custard powder
1/3 cup (60g) icing sugar
2/3 cup (160g) margarine (butter works equally well if you'd prefer to use that instead)

Easy Peasy Yo-Yos
You don't need many ingredients


1. Preheat the oven at 170C. Place a piece of baking paper onto your oven tray so the dough doesn't stick and your tray doesn't get all greasy.
2. Sift the flour, custard powder and icing sugar into a bowl.
3. Now for the messy part! Add the margarine into the bowl, and rub it through the flour, custard powder and icing sugar (with your fingers) until it forms a stiff dough.
4. Roll the dough into balls and place them on the oven tray. Use a fork to flatten the balls and give them that cool lined effect. This recipe makes about 24 small biscuits (or 12 Yo-Yos once they're paired), but you can make them as big as you like. Why not make 6 massive ones?
5. Put the dough balls into the oven and bake them at 170C, for approximately 15 minutes or until they turn a pale tan colour.
6. Transfer the biscuits to a cake cooling rack.

It'll take a little while for the biscuits to cool but once they do, you can make a lovely sweet icing and join the pairs together.

To make the icing, you'll need:

cup (90g) icing sugar
2 tablespoons (40g) butter (you can use margarine instead if you wish, but there'll be a slightly different consistency)
4 drops of vanilla essence
2 teaspoons (10mL) water (if you need to make the icing a bit more runnier)

Easy Peasy Yo-Yos
This is all you need to make the icing


1. Sift the icing sugar.
2. Cream the butter in a small bowl, gradually adding in the icing sugar.
3. Add the vanilla essence and mix it in.

Use a spoon or knife and dollop a bit of the icing onto the underside of one of the biscuits, then attach it to another biscuit. Put them on a plate and voila! Your Yo-Yos are finished.

Try not to eat them all at once!
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Why? Because everybody likes to eat Yo-Yos
When: Whenever you feel like it
Where: In your kitchen
Cost: Minimal- you probably have everything you need in the kitchen already
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