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.