Baking cookies makes your house smell gorgeous! This is a really simple recipe that is great to do with the kids, or you can use it to make ‘cookies in a jar’ gifts for birthdays or other special occasions.
(makes approximately 15 cookies)
- 200g light brown sugar
- 125g butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 175g self raising four
- 75g drinking chocolate powder
- 100g chocolate chips or chunks (or you can chop up a 100g chocolate bar)
- Heat the oven to 200C (180C for fan assisted)
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl
- Add the egg and vanilla essence
- Add the flour and chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate
- Mix thoroughly so all the ingredients are incorporated
- Roll into small balls, and then flatten
- Place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, keeping lots of space between them
- Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes
Cookies in a Jar
Alternatively you can use the same recipe to create ‘Cookies in a Jar’ gifts for loved ones.
The jar in the picture below is a 1 litre jar, and I used double the quantities of the ingredients above. Obviously you can use a smaller jar, and scale down the quantities but you want to aim to fill the jar to the top so the layers don’t mix up.
- Weigh out the brown sugar, flour, chocolate powder and chocolate chips or chunks.
- Use a clean jar and carefully fill the jar with the dry ingredients, packing each layer down as you go. I used a jam funnel to fill the jar, and used a small plastic rolling pin with a flat end to pack down the layers before adding the next one.
- The last layer should be the chocolate chips.
- Seal the jar, and decorate it as you want to.
- I used a ribbon bow, and labelled using a chalkboard tag, but you could also use a cardboard parcel tag.
- The instructions on the tag should be:
- Empty jar contents in a bowl
- Add egg, butter and vanilla essence (quantities depend on your jar size- see above)
- Mix thoroughly and divide into small balls, flatten and cook for 7-9 minutes at 180C
Makes a lovely personal birthday or Christmas gift, and don’t forget Valentine’s day and Mother’s day are coming soon!