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Week 18: Chewy cookies

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We have made cookies in the past but this was a new recipe so it counts here.

The recipe came from allrecipes.co.uk but we used smarties instead of chocolate chips.

I have reproduced the recipe here for convenience:


  • 250g plain flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 170g unsalted butter, melted

  • 200g dark brown soft sugar

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 325g chocolate chips (or smarties etc.)


(tweaked slightly from the original)

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas mark 3. Grease baking trays or line with parchment.

  2. Sift together the flour, bicarb and salt; set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.

  4. Drop cookie dough onto the prepared baking trays, with each cookie around 1-2 tablespoons of dough (for smaller cookies, reduce baking time slightly). Do not flatten the dough. Cookies should be about 8cm apart.

  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking trays for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

spotty cookies

spotty cookies

Week 5: Spelt-flour cookies

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This was adapted from a recipe in the You magazine which came with the Mail on Sunday. The original version called for almond butter and rapeseed oil but we changed those for ingredients we already had in the house.

  • 250g Peanut butter.

  • 80ml Sunflower Oil.

  • 120ml Maple Syrup.

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.

  • 200g Spelt flour.

  • 60g plain chocolate (around 70% cocoa), broken into chunks.

Mix oil, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract together.

Mix in the flour and chocolate.

Form into small disks and bake at gas mark 4 for about 20 minutes.

Peanut butter cookies

Giant Pizza Cookie

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A few weeks ago we thought it would be a good idea to make a giant pizza sized cookie, using our 10 inch pizza trays.


  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1½ cups plain flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chocolate chips or m&ms

Giant pizza cookie before being baked

Soften the butter. Mix together the butter, peanut butter and egg, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at gas mark 5.

Slice of giant pizza cookie.

(See measuring cup sizes to convert cups to volume or weight or oven temperatures for conversion information.