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How to: 5 easy cookie-jar recipes for baking at home

18 October 2018
Tags: glass jars, how to, recipes


Autumn and winter are fantastic baking months. Warmth from the oven, wonderful baking smells and tasty treats are exactly what everyone needs when the nights are dark and the temperature starts to drop. Cookies are simple to make and easy to whip up for friends or with the kids at the weekend. Here are five of the easiest cookie-jar recipes for baking at home.

1. Basic cookie dough

If you’re looking to let your creativity fly when it comes to cookies then you can add anything to this basic dough, from macadamia nut chips to cherries or a chocolate coating. The basic mix is 250g softened butter, an egg yolk, two teaspoons of vanilla essence and 140g caster sugar, beaten until creamy and then folded into 300g plain flour. The mix will make 30 cookies and takes 15 minutes to bake at 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. Classic chocolate chip cookies

There’s a reason that chocolate chip is one of the most popular cookie types – it’s delicious. It takes just 15 minutes to prep these classic cookies and then 10 minutes to bake (at 190C/fan170C/gas 5).

  • Start by prepping two baking sheets with baking paper and then beat together 150g softened salted butter, 80g of granulated sugar and 80g light brown muscovado sugar. The mix should be creamy with no granules left.
  • Beat in 1 egg and two teaspoons of vanilla essence.
  • Mix 225g of plain flour with a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and then fold into the beaten mix. Add your chocolate chips (200g).
  • Dollop onto trays with teaspoons – you should get around 30 from the mix.

3. Fruity cookies

To add (a little) healthy goodness to your cookie dough, try dried mango or pineapple.

  • Beat together 50g caster sugar and 140g softened butter, along with an egg yolk, a teaspoon of vanilla essence and a tablespoon of maple syrup.
  • Fold in 175g plain flour and 100g of whatever dried fruit you want to add – chunky or finely chopped.
  • Roll out and cut into cookies and then chill for 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 12-15 mins at 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  • Once cool, ice with a mix of 200g icing sugar and 3 tablespoons of your fruit juice of choice.

4.  Energiser cookies

These cookies contain oats and dried fruit for a health(ier) energy boost.

  • Preheat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and line a tin with baking parchment.
  • Beat 50g soft butter into 50g light brown sugar and add two tablespoons of condensed milk.
  • Chop up 50g dried apricots and add to the mix with the same amount of rolled oats and 85g self-raising flour.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the cookies are golden brown.

5. Dip cookies

Create a dip in the centre of these simple cookies and fill with melted chocolate, jam, peanut butter or whatever takes your fancy.

  • Use a food processor to blitz 180g of toasted hazelnuts.
  • Add 100g plain flour, a pinch of salt and 90g buckwheat flour
  • Blitz with 60g caster sugar.
  • Add 180g unsalted butter and bring the dough together into a ball.
  • Divide into 25 smaller balls and press each one onto the tray, making a dip in the middle with your thumb.
  • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes then bake for 15 minutes at 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  • When cooked, fill the dip in the centre with jam, melted chocolate, peanut butter etc and leave to cool.

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