Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Cookie

So with my life deep in essays this weekend, today the England v Wales rugby match is my half time break. To make this break far more pleasurable I am baking cookies & lots of them, I shall be baking two batches of the recipe as I want to make several flavours. Cookies are a great sharer and way better than shop bought packet cookies. They are also remarkably easy and cheap to make, you can add any extras that you wish into the mixture after you have completed the basic dough. Better yet, you don't even have to cook them & can always roll the mix up in cling film, freeze & take out when you fancy a couple of cookies or simply crumble into softened ice cream and re-freeze.

Makes 12-15 Cookies
(depending on how much mixture you eat whilst making)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
Bake to perfection for 8 minutes

You will need the following:
185g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
85g Brown Sugar 
(if you don't have Brown Sugar just use 185g Caster Sugar)
225g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Vanilla Essence
75g of your flavour of choice
1pinch of salt

Measure out your butter & then melt the butter in the microwave for 1 minute

Mix together the butter, sugar & vanilla essence

Add in the flour & salt and mix well

Next add a pinch of salt

Add in your flavour of choice, this could be any of the following or whatever you fancy; 
white chocolate, milk chocolate, chopped nuts, raspberries, strawberries, chopped mini eggs, oats or raisins. If you would prefer slightly flavoured cookies e.g. cinnamon or mixed spice add 1tsp of the flavour. If you would prefer citrus cookies add the zest of 1 lemon or 1 orange along with the juice of half of the fruit.

Today I have opted for milk & dark chocolate chip cookies
(30g dark chocolate, 45g milk chocolate)

Oats & raisin Cookies 
(50g oats, 25g raisins)

Finally Double Chocolate Cookies with raspberries
(50g cocoa & 25g raspberries

Drop the mixture into cookie dough balls using a desert spoon to roughly gage the size of your cookies

Place a maximum of six cookie dough balls per tray 
(you need a gap of about 5cm between each cookie)

Once baked for 8 minutes remove immediately & place on a wire rack to cool down. 
Be patient this will take time, do not get tempted to move the cookies off the trays, they will be flimsy still until cooled & hardened

Once hardened, remove from tray & eat!

Enjoy ...

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