I’ve always found baking hugely therapeutic. And so I love the fact that Little Miss H likes to bake with me. One of our favourite things to bake is cookies. They are easy to make and once you get the basic recipe down then they can be adapted – smartie cookies, Oreo cookies, Malteser cookies and chocolate chip cookies. I even have a delicious rocky road cookie recipe that you may like to try. This recipe includes my basic cookie recipe and then I have just added the Giant Chocolate Buttons in at the end.
It is also a lovely recipe to make with children. It is simple and quick. Which means it isn’t long before they get to taste the results of their efforts
Giant Chocolate Button Cookie Recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: Between 8 and 13 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
Makes 15 large cookies.
150g unsalted butter
150g soft light brown sugar/ muscovado sugar
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1 egg, beaten
200g self-raising flour
100g giant chocolate buttons/ Smarties/ chocolate chips (add more if you’d like to).
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C or 180°C for a fan assisted oven.
2. Grease and line a baking tray and place to the side.
3. Cream the butter in a large bowl and add the sugar and beat until soft and light.
4. Add the vanilla essence, then add the eggs gradually while beating.
5. Sift the flour in a separate bowl.
6. Then place the sifted flour in the bowl with the wet ingredients and fold in.
7. Add the giant chocolate buttons/ smarties/ chocolate chips and mix
8. If the dough seems especially dry then add a splash of milk and mix together.
9. Form the dough into balls (to make large cookies, use a golf ball size, for smaller ones, use the size of a walnut) and place them on the baking tray. Leave plenty of room between the dough balls so that the cookies can spread.
10. Place the cookies in the oven. Small cookies take about 8 minutes and large ones about 10 – 13 minutes. They are cooked when they are golden around the edges and pale golden in the centre. They will still be a bit soft and chewy in the centre if you cook them like this. If you like your cookies to be crispier, then bake until they are evenly golden all over. They often cook unevenly so it is wise to check on them occasionally and remove the cooked ones.
11. Use a stainless-steel fish slice to transfer them to a wire rack while hot. If you let them cool on the baking trays then they will get stuck.
This is such a simple recipe. One that is lovely to bake with the children. And can be altered so that you can make many varieties of cookie. Plus they are truly yummy.