The Perfect Cookie for the Sitter-Downers (PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE)

I’m not a big lover of peanut butter, but these cookies are absolutely amazing! 

I found the recipe when wanting cookies, but not having any butter or oil! They just turned out to also be great for the sit-downers of the world! With some low fat peanut butter, they are considered Skinny Cookies.

Take away the chocolate – uhm – and they’d be even ‘skinnier cookies’, but the chocolate is obviously the best thing!

What you need is as follows:

  • 200g golden caster sugar/soft brown sugar/demerara sugar (used all, taste good)
  • 200g peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g flour
  • 100g oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder/soda
  • 125g chocolate (chopped, drops, whatever)
  • Or raisins or whatever else you want instead of the chocolate! 

Firstly, preheat your oven to gas mark 4/180C.

Then, mix your sugar and peanut butter! Its best to do this with a blender or electric whisk, but if your not worried about a bit of graft, you can mix it yourself, just make sure its blended well! 

Now, add in your two eggs one at a time and it should turn nice and smooth! Add in your vanilla essence at this point and mix it in well!

Now, prepare your dry ingredients – flour, oats, baking powder and cinnamon and mix the two together! It get’s really stiff at this point so it’s probably best if you add in the chocolate at the same time as all your other dry ingredients so the mixing of it is a little easier! I didn’t, but just used my hands to knead the chocolate in at the end and it turned out the same!

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This is when you make sure you take a little taste to make sure it’s up to standard before you put in on a baking tray and in to the oven. Or just eat it all raw… Because everyone does that right?

If you still want to bake it, line a baking tray and scoop up little balls (I used a ice cream scoop) and push them down in to cookie shapes.

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Now, put them in the oven for 15 minutes and leave them to cool for about 15 minutes, turning them over to let the underside air out after ten.

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Use a spatula or cake slice to slide them off the baking paper once they’ve cooled a bit and transfer to a wire rack.

Lastly, make sure your cat(or dog, or hamster) doesn’t try to eat them and eat them yourselves!

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They taste amazing and are perfect for the office workers, the writers, the editors, the readers and just about everyone really!

Remember guys!

Just keep writing,  with cookies at your side!

Failing at Chocolate Covered Shortbread…

I love to bake, I really, really do, but often times, the most simplest of recipes can illude me.

This time. It was shortbread.

It has three ingredients:

  • 4oz (softened) butter
  • 2oz caster sugar
  • 6oz flour

So, all you need to do is mix it together well and knead in to a dough. Then roll it out, probably to a 1cm thickness and cut it in to shapes. Then, throw it in to a pre-heated oven at gas mark 5/190° for about 15 to 18 minutes. Keep checking, once its a nice browned colour, take it out and cool it!

It sounds so simple, but the first time I put all the ingredients together, I used butter from the fridge because the recipe said nothing about it needing to be softened.

Lets just say that it didn’t work and it all got thrown in the recycling bin.

Next, I melted the 4 oz butter in the microwave and got a fluffier consistency when I mixed it with my sugar. Great!

Then I added in the flour. It all went well, but when I needed to knead it, it all fell apart in my hands. So, instead of giving up, I melted another oz of butter and folded it in as best I could.

Once the dough was done, all I had to do is roll it out  and cut them in to shapes. Most people do fingers, but I just used a cookie cutter to make some circles! I have no patience when it comes to making it all one level, and mine were too thin, so the baking times were completely off!

All I had to then is poke them with holes using a fork and put them on a tray backed with some baking paper!

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I tried to make a man but as you can see, the dough was too dry and he died…

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My first batch went in for 18 minutes and came out like this. I added a sprinkle of sugar to try and save them, but you can see the result…

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It’s probably because they weren’t 1 cm thick, and so baking times were completely off, but hey how, they still tasted nice, just slightly more crunchy.

My next batch went in for 15 minutes and came out a better colour. The first batch is in the background for reference.

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Also, as is the norm in my house, I always have a little ‘taste tester’ by my feet. Sometimes there’s also a cat, and a shihtzu, if I’m making a chicken curry, but Caden is forever there, making sure to clean up if I drop something.

Next, to help me save them the best I could, I melted some chocolate and covered them in it. I’m honestly a person who thinks chocolate can save most things!

The process is the same as my wagon wheel chocolate covering, and more pictures of that can be found on this post.

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Once their covered, put them in the fridge for the chocolate to set!

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They may be a bit more crunchier than a normal shortbread biscuit, but they still taste just as good!

Homemade Super Chocolate Brownies Recipe

I love chocolate! So brownies are one of my favorite things!

This is a recipe tried and perfected:

  • 200g Melted Milk Chocolate
  • 100g  Melted Butter
  • 250g Caster sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 60g Plain flour
  • 60g Cocoa powder

Firstly, mix the melted chocolate and butter together and then add in the caster sugar and your four eggs, mixing well. This should be followed by the vanilla essence, and then the folding in of your flour and cocoa powder. You should end up with a lovely liquidly mixture. Next, line an 8 inch baking tray with bake paper and pour the mixture in! Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180° for 25 minutes.

 Leave it to cool and slice them in to pieces! (Or just eat as one huge brownie!)

You can decorate with buttercream or eat warm with ice cream.

Ours were decorated for a bake sale with chocolate buttercream and mini marshmallows!

These are beautiful, I hope you enjoy and love them as much as I do!

Homemade Wagon Wheel Recipe

After buying a packet of wagon wheels from B&M one day, only then realising that I hadn’t had one for years, I couldn’t believe how small they’d got! (Either that or my hands had got bigger).

My mum was on a baking spree at the time so I gave her the challenge of making one or too and she actually came up with a recipe!

The biscuit used for these is a butter biscuit. The ingredients you need for this is:

  • 250g Butter
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 375g Plain flour

For the middle, you’ll need a bag of marshmallows and to cover them, about 400g of chocolate! You can use any sort of chocolate you want for this, Cadburys is extra nice, but some cheap milk chocolate gives you the proper taste of a wagon wheel.

Mix the butter, caster and eggs together, followed by folding in the flour to create a smooth paste. Next, you have to wrap it in some clingfilm and chill it for a good hour in the fridge (This is the worst part!).

 Next, roll out the dough, with the use of some flour and rolling pin,  so it is of one pound coin thickness and cut out circles (or frankly any shape you like), ensuring you have a equal number.

Next, put the circles on to baking trays and bake for twelve to fifteen minutes at 170°. They should be a lovely golden to dark brown color when they come out.

Once out of the oven, the biscuits should be left to cool and then marshmallows placed on half of them (you can use any color of flavored marshmallow you want for this!).

These will go back in to the oven for about five minutes so that the marshmallows melt.

Once out, the other half of your biscuits can be placed on top, which will give you some naked wagon wheels!

Next, heat up some chocolate, either in the microwave or on the stove (time will vary depending on what chocolate you choose). Its always best to use a glass bowl whilst melting the chocolate, it will ensure that the chocolate doesn’t set too quickly and you have time to cover all of your wagon wheels!

Once melted, I just dropped the first of my naked wagon wheels in and using a spoon, covered it in chocolate!

I used a cake slice to pick up my wagon wheel from the bowl, but you can easily use a fork or spatula if you have one of those handy!  

Let the chocolate drip for a moment so there is not a lot of excess! Next, put the wagon wheel down on some baking paper and leave it to set in the fridge.

 They taste amazing and I promise, store bought wagon wheels will never compare! To keep them nice and fresh, store them in an air tight container!

That’s a Samsung Galaxy S4 (5′) and a homemade wagon wheel with pink marshmallow inside!

You can literally make them any size or shape you want, but the butter biscuit can be quite crumbly so make sure its not to elaborate!