It’s such a pleasure to bake for family and friends. This simple act brings pleasure to the baker and to the eater.
Baking fills the house with warm, delicious comforting aromas. This is surely wonderful feng shui!
You’ve probably seen this kind of cookie/biscuit recipe around the web. I believe it started life as “Biscuits for the Masses”. Its also been called “100 Biscuits for $5.00”
Nowadays, here in Australia, a tin of condensed milk costs over $3.00 so the $5.00 claim might be tested. I think you could come in at price, depending on what other goodies you decide to add to your basic mix.
This recipe does make a lot of cookies so I do recommend dividing your finished, basic dough into 4 portions, and making a nice variety with different flavours to fill the cookie jar.
Biscuit, cookie, cookie, biscuit! My dilemma! I am a UK born Australian and should be using the biscuit label…however, cookie has become a part of the Aussie vernacular, and it sounds kind of cute, don’t you think?
My flavours this time were:
Anzac. Rolled oats, a little coconut and a spoonful of golden syrup added to this portion of dough. After they were baked, I drizzled them with melted, dark chocolate and sprinkled on some chopped, toasted macadamia nuts.
Jelly Belly. Basic dough mix. I pressed a hole in the ball of dough and dropped in some strawberry jam. When the cookie was cooked, and still hot, I sprinkled on some strawberry jelly crystals.
Classic Cornflake. Plump sultanas added to the mix. The uncooked cookie balls were rolled in cornflakes.
Orange and Coconut. I added orange zest and a little coconut to the mix and rolled the uncooked cookie in thread coconut.
Candy Crunch. Coloured Smarties were pressed into the uncooked dough. You could also use M and Ms, chopped chocolate bar, chopped soft caramels or chopped jelly sweets.
Here’s the basic recipe.
3 cups of plain flour
1 cup of self raising flour
1 cup of cornflour or custard powder
500g softened butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 x 375g tin, sweetened, condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 180C
In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
Scrape down the bowl and beat in your condensed milk and vanilla.
At this stage you might need to transfer your mix to a larger bowl.
Add your sifted flour and mix in we’ll. Try not to overmix, it can toughen your cookies.
You might find you need more (plain) flour. That’s fine, just add it a bit at a time. You’re after a soft, shiny dough you can roll into a ball.
Divide your dough into portions, ready for your different flavours.
To each portion of dough, add your chosen flavours. Cookie balls can also be rolled in tasty treats before baking.
Place your finished balls of cookie mix ( around generous teaspoon size) on a tray lined with baking paper. Flatten slightly and bake for around 12 minutes, or until light, golden brown.
Don’t try and remove your cookies from the tray until they have cooled a bit. Hot cookies fall to bits when you move them…
Ideas for your special cookies!
Chocolate chips and chopped pecans
Chopped jelly sweets
Chopped, dried apricots and toasted, chopped almonds
Hundreds and Thousands for Funfetti cookies
Chopped Jersey caramels
Coconut and grated orange/lemon zest
Chopped Mars bar, Bounty bar or Snickers
Dried cranberry and brazil nuts
Here’s some ideas for things to roll your cookies in before baking.
Milo (it’s an Aussie malted choc milk drink powder)
For even more texture and taste variety, omit 1/2 cup of the plain flour, and instead add one of these options.
By the way, the uncooked dough freezes well.
Roll it into a sausage shape, wrap well in plastic wrap and pop into the freezer, ready for the next time you want delicious, freshly baked cookies.
So much nicer than anything you buy from the supermarket! Made from scratch and made with love. Perfect.