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Great cookies you can dunk in your tea

With all this talk about cookies we’re getting a little peckish, so I’m on the hunt for the best cookie recipes around. If you have a great cookie recipe, then please get in touch. We’ve been round the office on a cookie making campaign, and the official testing team came to a unanimous verdict choosing the following two recipes as the favourites. Personally, I think combining peanut butter and chocolate has got to be a winner!

• 45g smooth peanut butter
• 50g butter, softened
• 50g caster sugar
• 45g light brown sugar
• 1 egg, beaten
• 100g plain flour
• 10g baking powder
• 50g chocolate chips
• 50g unsalted peanuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, caster sugar and light brown sugar for 4 minutes until well-blended. Add in the beaten egg and mix for a further 2 minutes. Add the flour and baking powder, and then mix in the peanuts and chocolate chips. Divide the mixture into 20 even-sized balls and place them onto a lined baking sheet, spacing them well apart. Press each ball lightly with a fork. Bake for 25 minutes until set. Cool on a wire rack. Then enjoy!

For those chocoholics among you try the following:

• 300g caster sugar
• 300g butter
• 1 egg, beaten
• 600g self raising flour
• 100g good quality chocolate, grated
• A few drops of vanilla essence (optional)
• Pinch of salt

Mix together the sugar and the butter. Add 1 beaten egg and if you feel like it a few drops of vanilla essence. Mix in the flour and the grated chocolate and a pinch of salt. If it’s too thick just add a splash of milk. Grease a baking tray and bake for 10-14 minutes at 180°C/gas 4, or until they start to go brown.

Have fun baking and don’t forget to comment below with your great cookie recipes. If you send a recipe that sounds like it could beat our top 2, we will bake it, test it and post some pictures and spread your fame!

4 Comments

  1. I’ll be trying this out in the kitchen at the weekend. My wife will be impressed. Important question: are these cookies one dips or two dips?

  2. Answer to Ian, one never knows the real answer to that one, you have to try it out.
    Dip once but hold for 2-3 seconds see if the cookie is still in one piece, keep trying for various dipping and timing options to suit your own taste. Personally I dip most biscuits for 2 seconds because I quite like the soft crumble and that there is still a bit which has not soaked up the liquid.
    Lets start a dipping association.

  3. Well, the all time best cookie for us is an Oaty Cookie. So easy to make that it is originally my child minder’s recipe. She made them with her toddlers…

    1 cup sugar
    1 cup Self-Raising Flour
    1 cup Margarine
    2 cups oats
    half teaspoon Mixed Spice
    half teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
    You can add a handful of Sultanas, Cranberries or Apricots

    Mix all the ingredients together.

    Roll dessert spoon size amounts of mixture into balls and place on baking trays. (Slightly flatten the balls, and be aware that they spread when baking.)

    Bake in a moderate oven (180 deg F) for 10 – 12 minutes.

    Carefully place cookies on a wire rack to cool (they will be soft when taking off the trays).

    No competition – best cookies ever! You can make them smaller or larger just adjust the cooking time.

    Bon appetit

  4. We’ll have to give that one a go, we haven’t had cookies in the office in a while! Thanks Rachel!

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