Basic cookies on a wire rack

Basic cookies

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(83 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


  • 225g butter, softened



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



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  • 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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MRS A's picture
13th Jul, 2020
Such a quick and easy recipe to follow, my kids have made them a few times now and they've always turned out great.
Julian Hulley
2nd Jul, 2020
Excellent recipe. Made them today with my kids - the cookies turned out beautiful
Julian Hulley
2nd Jul, 2020
Just made these cookies. Please ignore comments stating that this recipe is rubbish. They turned out beautiful with no added tweaks or alterations. Great recipe and brilliant for youngsters to make.
29th Jun, 2020
Please remove or amend this recipe. I followed the recipe and it turned into breadcrumbs; not cookie dough. Disappointing
Julian Hulley
2nd Jul, 2020
You're talking out of your arse love. The recipe is great.
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Ivelisse Franco...
12th Jun, 2020
100% do not recommend this recipe. It doesn’t taste good. The cookies didn’t spread so they looked like muffins. Plus, it took at least 20 minutes for them to be ready.
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Emily Bennett
4th Jun, 2020
ok so if u handle the mixture to mutch the butter will just melt and it will tern into slush and crumbs soit will work cuz i did it and ,y grandother has been using this recipy and it did fail at the begining cuz we handed it to much but now we can do it perfectly
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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.
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20th May, 2020
These do not work they turn out to be crumbs!!!!!!!!!!


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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