Yo Yo’s

Nana Grace's Yo Yo's
My mum was an amazing cook, anything she turned her hand to was always delicious. Her Yo Yo biscuits/cookies never lasted long, so it was always such a treat when she baked them.
Category: Baking, Snacks
Style: Australian
Keyword: Biscuits, Christmas Cookies, Mum's Recipes, Yo-Yo, Yo-Yos
Author: sbaskitchen
  • 225 g / 8 oz butter
  • 115 g / 4 oz custard powder
  • 115 g / 4 oz icing sugar
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  1. Preheat oven to 160˚C/320˚F (fan-forced).
  2. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

  4. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix to a dough like consistency.
  5. Roll teaspoonfuls of the dough into small balls and place on the prepared baking trays, leaving room for a little spreading.
  6. Use a fork to gently flatten (dip the fork into some plain flour every now and then to prevent it from sticking to the biscuit).

  7. Bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes.
  8. Join together with a little icing (see note below).

While many choose to join their Yo Yo's together with a butter icing, we always made a simple icing using icing sugar, a small piece of butter, probably about half to one teaspoonful, a little vanilla, and just enough boiling water to mix to a nice consistency.


The instructions for the recipe in mum’s recipe book were limited…

Cream butter and sugar add sifted dry ingredients roll into small balls & place on slide press with fork.  Join with butter icing and roll in castor sugar.

 I have expanded the instructions a little and you will see from my note in the recipe that we didn’t use a soft butter icing, and we don’t roll the biscuits in caster sugar, as guided by my mum.