Cherry Choc Chip cookies
No, I don't usually do recipes, but these proved such a hit with the children, as well as being so virtuously Domestic Goddess/Artist/Competent to serve with cold milk after a day at home that I had to share it with you.
My trio of hungry mouths love cookies and one of their favourite weekend breakfasts (the time of the week when healthy eating means they haven't got a cold, rather than a meal that would fit onto any food triangle I've ever seen) is a cookie. Tesco and Sainsbury's cookies are well over £1.00 for a bag of 5.... these were pennies, literally (less if you leave out the cherries, but life is too short)
You will need;
100g butter or margarine, room temperature
175g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons of golden syrup
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt
50 to 75 g glace cherries
55g chocolate chips, or smarties, M&M's or other small sweets. I understand Milky Way Stars are lovely, but I have to try them yet.
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 or the equivalent.
Cream the butter and sugar together (by hand if you need the exercise, by hand held electric whisk if, like me, time and patience are unknown gifts) until they are pale and fluffy.
Add the egg, the vanilla and the syrup and beat until well mixed.
Sift the flour, bicarb and salt into the bowl and fold in gently.
Add whatever extras take your fancy (obviously not anchovies, but they could be interesting!) and stir.
Take little balls of the mixture about the size of a walnut and place on a well oiled baking sheet. they do spread out a tremendous amount, so leave plenty of space. You should get between 15 and 24 balls, it rather depends on the size of your walnuts.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the top is golden. Don't test by squishing as they will be incredibly soft as long as they are hot. Leave on the sheet to cool for a while before removing to a rack, or a plate on the table. Hide any you want in a sealed biscuit tin. They will last for 4 days, but only if you have more will power or less children than I.
I haven't tried to freeze the dough, but I do know you can (if necessary) freeze the biscuits for up to a month.
Put the kettle on, make a decent cup of French Vanilla coffee, and read the November edition of your favourite magazine.
What's your best cookie recipe? With the imminent holiday season, I always like to have a few select offerings to make and give, and I'd love to know yours! E-mail or leave a comment to let me know what you do for a little sugar burst! Happy Baking!