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Basic Cookie Recipe

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Serves 1 - 30 Cookies

This recipe is basic and can be adapted with things like chocolate chips or spices.

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  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 110g (4oz) Caster sugar
  • 275g (10oz) Plain flour
  • Optional
  • Add one teaspoon of spices (cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger, etc)
  • 75g White or Milk chocolate chips


    1. Preheat the oven at 170oC (375oF) or gas mark 3.
    2. Cream the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    3. Sift the flour into the mixture and add optional ingredients. Bring the mixture together in a figure of eight until it forms a dough.
    4. Using your hands, make walnut sized balls and place them slightly apart from eachother on a tray (You don't need to grease or line a tray). Flatten the balls with the back of a fork and bake them in the oven for around 15 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top.
    5. Place the cookies onto a cooling rack and leave them there for around 15 mins. Once cool serve.

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Ellen Thompson's picture
Ellen Thompson
16th Jul, 2018
Great recipe. I put my cookie mixture in a cake tin and made a giant cookie. My wee girl loved it. Just sliced it up like pizza. Also added cocoa powder and choco chips to make it a double chocolate chip cookie. Was a hit with the family.
18th Nov, 2017
Most cookie recipes call for eggs... is this recipe correct? Also can I use soft brown sugar instead of caster sugar? We aren’t keen on caster sugar. Thank you, (very novice baker here so be kind please ha ha ha)
jadedermody's picture
18th Jun, 2017
Great recipe. We added lime and coconut chips then used the biscuit cutters to make into shapes. Absolutely yum
19th Apr, 2017
These are really easy, and tasty, we added a teaspoon of mixed spice. A great recipe for the kids to follow and not fiddly or time consuming either.
12th Jul, 2016
Just made these cookies but are more like biscuits. I think I didn't flatten them enough still tastes good. I added cranberries white chocolate chips and a tsp of orange extract.
29th Oct, 2015
Can anyone make toffee apples
14th Nov, 2014
Great basic recipe. I replaced a little bit of the flour with cocoa powder, added a couple of good squidges of honey, chocolate chunks and crushed hazelnuts. Yummy. Easier to use your hands to bring mixture together into a dough!
hannahcushnahan's picture
19th Sep, 2014
I thought the recipe was a little dry and it wasn't forming into a dough so I added 1 cap full of milk and it worked a treat! Lovely cookies x
31st Mar, 2014
Easy and really tasty recipe! Mine came out more like a shortbread than a cookie though. I added peanut butter and dark chocolate.
pixierawh's picture
18th Mar, 2014
I just made these and amazing, added honey instead of spice so good, this produces ALOT of cookies


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2nd Aug, 2013
If you have fussy kids like mine just add a 2 tea spoons of golden syrup to the basic recipe, makes it slightly chewy but yum.