The best way to bake cookies

Many of us have fond memories of baking with our family. It’s not just the sweet taste and sense of achievement that we remember. Perhaps the best part of baking is designing your own recipes and waiting to see how your wondrous creations will turn out. Here are a few tips to help you recreate these happy memories with the children and adults in your life today.

Easy ingredients

You don't need complicated ingredients to bake cookies. Gather together:

  • 275 g plain flour
  • 225 g butter
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • a teaspoon of vanilla essence

Instructions

  1. Just cream the butter and sugar together, sieve the flour, and then add it gradually.
  2. Finally, stir in the vanilla essence.
  3. If the dough is too hard, add a little oil or milk and hey presto!
  4. You can roll out your cookie dough and cut it into any shape you like.
  5. They need to be baked at 180 C or Gas mark 4 for about ten minutes.

Variety is the spice of life

Now you have the basic recipe, you can be creative and invent your own variation for baking these American-style treats. Instead of vanilla essence, you could try chocolate chips, white chocolate pieces, cherries, crystallised ginger, chopped nuts, or lemon peel. It is entirely up to you. Baking like this is so easy, and you will enjoy seeing some happy faces around your kitchen table. It will be a riot of measuring, mixing, cutting, decorating and tasting.

Festive, stylish, spooky or plain – the choice is yours

Knowing how to bake cookies can be a very useful skill when it comes to preparing for family celebrations. Black icing for dramatic effect, or white for winter, cute little stars and shapes for toddler birthdays, or dominoes for Grandad. Let your imagination run riot, and try some adventurous designs that express your family’s unique and special style.

Don’t stop there – hone your skills and experiment!

A little research in the library or on the internet will reveal lots of other ways to bake cookies. You might find new cookie cutter shapes, and novel ideas for decorating and presenting your little treasures. The more creative you are, the more fun you will have as you bake.

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