Thursday, January 21, 2010

sugar cookies

nothing makes you feel better than a spot of baking =)
specially when your hubby just LOVES to come home to them!
this is my mum's basic sugar cookie recipe which i just adapt depending on what i need!

125g butter
1 cup caster sugar
cream together until smooth
mix in 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla
and 2 tsp baking powder

*for chocolate add 1 1/2 cups plain flour
and 1/2 cup cocoa
*for vanilla add 2 cups plain flour

mix well, until a nice dense paste forms
(if the mix is a bit dry i added the smallest amount of milk until it was just right)

roll into balls if you'd like, or roll out and use a cookie cutter
bake for approx 10 minutes on 180C

i made about teaspoon sized balls...bigger ones spread more and make gooey centres =)

then i experimented:

i used the end of a wooden spoon to poke a little hole in the top of a cookie dough ball ( 1 teaspoon) and put a 1/4 tsp of jam on some vanilla ones

i divided a few of the chocolate balls in half, flattened them and placed a 1/4 tsp of peanut butter in the middle, sealed the two halves and rerolled gently back into a ball, that technique is also nice with nutella centres. for a hot cuppa coffee...

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