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Bake delicious cookies this year!

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 4:48pm

My mum never understood my joy when cooking or baking.

Both were a bit of a timely chore for her. She liked baking at some occasions and my brother would eat a whole cheesecake by himself. She had recipes she used in rotation, so we got mandarin cake, cheesecake or cookies.

She was in awe that I never followed recipes but experimented with different ingredients and spices. The mandarin cake became a pear cake and plain cookies were spiced with lemon zest or cinnamon. I never took to cheesecake so I left them to my mum to make.

The other day, a friend asked me for a cookie recipe she could do with her kids and I had no problem reciting my mum’s recipe, explaining that she could add spices etc to the recipe.

I think my mum would have been very proud that I consider her recipe worthy for sharing and that I still know it after so many years.

At the start of the year, I decided to bake cookies every week and share the recipes on my blog (that makes sure that I actually update my blog regularly).

So far, I have baked tangerine and cardamom shortbread and walnut cookies. This week I will be making peanut butter cookies simply because I have peanut butter that needs to be used soon.

It is fun to come up with new flavour combinations and ideas and going through some old notes on things I have baked in the past. The original biscuit (or cookie) was a flat hard cake that was baked again giving it its name (bis = twice, cuit = cooked) and given to soldiers and sailors on long trips.

Thank God, biscuits have improved since and we eat biscuits in Ireland worth €230 million each year. Rather than buying biscuits (and there is nothing wrong with buying them – I do it myself) why not start baking your own?

Store bikkies in an airtight container and they will be good for up to two weeks (depending on the type of cookie). Join me on my cookie challenge by checking out biasasta.ie.

I use the term cookie and biscuits in the same sense but cookie is mostly used in the US while biscuit is more used in UK and Ireland. The term biscuit refers to a type of scone in America.

Neither cookies nor biscuits last long in my house as Mr T has quite a sweet tooth and they disappear quickly. Please feel free to use my mum’s recipe to get you started. I always found them easy to make.

Ingredients: 500g plain flour, 150g caster sugar, 2 level teaspoons baking powder. 250g butter, vanilla, 2 eggs.

Combine to a firm dough, chill for 30 minutes. Roll out and cut out forms and bake in pre-heated oven of 160C for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wired rack until cool.

Happy baking!

 

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