Friday, April 1, 2011

Cookie Monster

You might have seen the cookies I made last weekend, mainly because I was in need of something sweet and desperate to escape my desk for a while. I found the peanut butter cookie recipe on the BBC website via Google.

8 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 free-range egg yolk
50g/1¾oz butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Place the flour, sugar, peanut butter, egg yolk and butter into a large bowl and mix together until combined to a smooth dough.
With lightly floured hands, break off evenly sized pieces of the dough and roll into walnut sized balls.
Place the dough balls onto a baking sheet lined with silicon paper or baking parchment and gently press each ball with the back of a fork to flatten slightly.
Place in the oven and bake for ten minutes, or until just turning golden-brown.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool for ten minutes.
To serve, place on a serving plate and dust with icing sugar.

HOWEVER- I used more like 4 tablespoons of Peanut Butter and it was definitely needed as the dough was quite dry and crumbly. But these babies are another story....

Chocolate Chip Cookies
These I made for my lovely friend Mel, for her birthday, Happy Birthday querida, you're amazing and I couldn't ask for someone better to make cookies for.



250g butter , softened
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour

Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, then add the egg yolk and vanilla and briefly beat to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until the mixture is well combined - you might need to get your hands in at the end to give everything a really good mix and press the dough together.

This one came from the BBC Good Food Website and it's just a basic biscuit recipe, which you can have a play with and add to as you see fit. These ones have been brilliant, I LOVE them, and would definitely recommend as well as use again.

Happy Baking
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