Basic cookies on a wire rack

Basic cookies

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(67 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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Char Slater's picture
Char Slater
28th May, 2020
Does not work,, turned into slosh and then crumbs!
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Simon Mayer
28th May, 2020
Turned into a very dry crumbly mixture if I had followed the recipe. Added some milk to the crumbs to make a dough and turned out not too bad.
xXRebeccaXx's picture
20th May, 2020
These do not work they turn out to be crumbs!!!!!!!!!!
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Olivia Gardiner
17th May, 2020
Tasted like shortbread not cookies but at least we could eat them... needed half hour in the oven as stayed sloshy for a long time!
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Marie Fawcett
8th May, 2020
I think the recipe is wrong. I made there and they were like slosh. What a waste of butter and chocolate chips at a time where I can't just go out and get more!!! Please remove or change recipe so this doesn't happen to others.
oofley's picture
3rd May, 2020
This rekypee is grate I luv to eate the micsture it's grate an soopur grate! If u + banane it tastus like banane Soz at do moor abowt Thu grate recipes.
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Amy Featherstone
29th Mar, 2020
In addition to previous note I also used light soft brown sugar
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Amy Featherstone
29th Mar, 2020
Made these in covid isolation out of boredom but also because we didn't have any eggs. Used 1/2 butter and 1/2 margarine and flavoured with items that could be found in the cupboard. 1/2 the batch was made into cranberry and coconut and 1/2 the batch mixed chocolate chips. Turned out delicious, needed longer in the oven than suggested but turned out similar to shortbread.
14th Feb, 2020
not good do not make.
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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


14th Apr, 2020
how many grams do you get fat by i'm losing weight txs
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Logan Fyfe
4th Apr, 2020
What does it mean by freeze the dough Does that mean in the freezer? I’m making it right now help?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
6th Apr, 2020
Hello! Esther from the food team here. If you don't want to use the dough straight away you can freeze it in the freezer at the point stated in the method. Thanks for your question!
Ben.james7's picture
23rd Feb, 2020
Made these and they turned out ok however were not particularly nice and over done. I recommend that you check your cookie after 10 mins because 15 mins will burn them. Overall only do this recipe if you have little ingredients not much time and are expecting a lot.
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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