Basic cookies on a wire rack

Basic cookies

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(31 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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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
31st May, 2013
Allot of ingredients but soo worth it !!!!!
13th Apr, 2013
It was a great easy recipe, although I would agree that the mixture was a little dry, however I added coconut and white chocolate they taste fantastic!
5th Mar, 2013
I added a lot of Cinnamon and messed it up a little - but they have turned out well.. They look more like scones now. But they smell really good!! Word if warning make them very small... Mine are huge!!
14th Dec, 2012
I added one egg because the mixture was too dry to form into dough. It's such a simple and easy recipe.
25th Oct, 2012
Really want to make these but I was just wondering, should the butter be salted or not? :)
25th Jul, 2012
I am going to make these today and am looking forward to it but need some advice on what extra stuff to put in it such as spices, choclate that kind of thing !!!
18th Nov, 2017
I always add ginger, cinnamon or both. We prefer spiced cookies


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