Cookies are a great basic recipe to try at home. You don’t need any special equipment or ingredients and you can try so many variations! You can even make different flavour combinations from the same batch. You don’t HAVE to wait for them to cool down, so they are ideal for those who don’t have as much patience. Plus, they are decorated before they go in the oven, so once they are baked you are done.
Now, you don’t have to put them on sticks and can leave them as cookies, but somehow the stick just makes them more fun and a little bit different.
125g Unsalted Butter
100g Light Brown Sugar
125g Caster Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract
225g Self-Raising Flour
Selection of fillings to decorate such as: chocolate chips, M&M’s, dried fruit, nuts or sprinkles.
Before you begin:
- Make sure any of the ingredients you keep in the fridge are at room temperature, in this case the butter and egg. If you need to, put the butter in the microwave to soften a little before you begin.
- Pre-heat your oven to 160
°C in a fan-assisted oven. (Alternatives: Gas Mark 4, 180
- Place silicone sheets or grease-proof paper onto your baking trays to stop the cookies sticking.
And don’t forget to take your ‘before’ photo…
Step 1: Place the butter, light brown sugar and caster sugar in a bowl and cream them together.
How to ‘cream’ together: mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until they become one mix and you can’t see any separate lumps of butter or left out sugar grains.
Step 2: Break the egg and add to your sugar and butter mixture. Again, mix this in until it is all combined.
Step 3: Add in the Vanilla Extract and stir in.
Step 4: Add the flour to your mix and fold this in to form a dough. Keep mixing until it comes together until it’s the consistency of Play Dough and you can form it into balls with your hands.
Step 5: Take golf ball sized pieces of the dough and form them into balls. You should get around 12 balls from a batch.
Step 6: Place each ball onto the baking tray and lightly flatten with your hand. Make sure to leave at least 1 inch or 3cm of space around each cookie as they will spread when baking.
Step 7: Decorate your cookies with your fillings. You can make faces or patterns, be as creative as you like. Remember you need the cookie dough to hold the fillings together, so don’t completely fill the cookies!
Step 8: When you are ready put the cookies in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. To keep them soft and a little gooey, take them out earlier, for harder, crsiper cookies leave them bake a little longer.
The cookies will harden as they cool, so when they come out of the oven you want them to be a little softer than you want your finished cookies to be.
Step 9: To add the lollipop sticks to the cookies, you need to do this as soon as they have come out of the oven and are still a little soft. Holding the baking tray with an oven mitt or tea towel, keep the stick flat and horizontal, then gently push it into the cookie just over halfway through. Then leave the cookies to cool.
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My favourite part was decorating the cookies and then eating them! Num num num. I really enjoyed being creative with them and could make so many things with the little sweets.
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