Basic cookies on a wire rack

Basic cookies

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins


Makes 25

Bake a batch of these easy cookies with just five ingredients – or fewer. A perfect partner to a cup of tea, you can whip them up in no time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cookie dough only

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal125
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0.4g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 225g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 110g caster sugar
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or other spices (optional)



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 75g white or milk chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cream the butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and keep beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and add the optional ingredients, if you’re using them. Bring the mixture together with your hands in a figure-of-eight motion until it forms a dough. You can freeze the dough at this point.

  2. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them slightly apart from each other on a baking sheet (you don’t need to butter or line it). Flatten the balls a little with the palm of your hand and bake them in the oven for around 10-12 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top. Leave the cookies on a cooling rack for around 15 mins before serving.

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chaya mccarley's picture
chaya mccarley
25th Jan, 2020
I'm a 11 year old turning 12 and I tried this respay for myself and I can ashore you that it is probly the best resapy I have ever had for making cookies and that it is good that you can add whatever you want in it .I would suggest you should try this out for yourself
2nd Aug, 2019
First attempt at baking. Little one enjoyed making it, stuck walnuts on the cookies. Made it with cocoa, coffee and walnuts. Foolproof recipe.
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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!
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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


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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.
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