Hot cross cookies

Hot cross cookies

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Makes 18

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Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per cookie

  • kcal231
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 200g softened butter, plus extra for the trays



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

  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



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  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 100g sultana
  • 200g white chocolate chips
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly butter a few baking trays. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and egg until smooth. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder, then combine to make a dough. Add the sultanas and 100g of the white chocolate, and mix to combine.

  2. Roll lumps of dough into balls the size of golf balls. Flatten these onto the trays, leaving enough space between each for them to expand. Bake for 10 mins until golden (you may have to do this in batches). Remove the cookies from the trays and cool on wire racks.

  3. Melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave on Low in 20-second bursts. Using a small piping bag or a teaspoon, carefully drizzle a cross on top of each cookie. Leave to set before eating. These cookies can be stored in a cookie jar for up to 3 days.

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18th Mar, 2013
These were very morish with a shortbread like texture didn't last very long. I would put a touch more cinnamon in them next time and may not bother with the chocolate on the top.
16th Feb, 2013
They're ok... Mine turned out quite dry and crumbly which was a bit disappointing.
26th Sep, 2012
Easy, simple, and yummy!
15th May, 2012
Less cookie, more shortbready, but still very tasty and disappeared very quickly!
6th Apr, 2012
Gorgeous cookies and really easy to make! My first batch went so quickly i had to make them again the following day! A new favourite!!
4th Apr, 2012
I'm all for encouraging children to cook; both of my sons are excellent cooks as proof of that but I look at the long list of recipes here to encourage children into the kitchen and 99% of them are sugar-based. More savouries would be great, not all children are inveterate Sweet-tooths!
3rd Apr, 2012
These cookies are very nice! I added Hershey's chocolate syrup since I had no white chocolate. They are a quick and easy recipe to do when you're short of time. Very nice!
3rd Apr, 2012
These cookies are very nice with or without the chocolate on top i used dark chocolate as I don't like white chocolate which was really nice anyway1
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2nd Apr, 2012
very tasty - i added raisins, and cuurants and some extra cinamon, very yummy!
2nd Apr, 2012
These are really delicious. "you can make them again" from lambing crew. Needed a few extra minutes but all ovens differ. (mine made 21!)


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