Cookie Dough


When it comes to sweet treats I’m firmly in the Roald Dahl and Mary Poppins camp – Treats are essential to life (Roald Dahl) and A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down (Mary Poppins).

You won’t find me on any sugar free diets. Everything in moderation of course but life wouldn’t be worth living without a cookie or two.

Chocolate cookies are a huge favourite in our house. I love them because there’s nothing like whipping a batch of these to take to on the school pick up to put a big smile on my kids faces.

You can make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to a month. Then, you can become mum/dad/husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend of the year by suddenly presenting the family with warm cookies and milk at bedtime.

You can also use the cookie dough to make your own cookie dough ice-cream for weekend movie nights by mixing chunks of it into a tub of vanilla ice-cream.

What you need:

8oz self raising flour

4oz butter

4oz white sugar

4oz brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

200g chocolate, cut into chunks

What you do:

Soften the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds and beat in both sugars until creamy

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat in until combined

Add the flour and mix in

Chop the chocolate

Add it in

And stir it in

Chill for 15 minutes or up to a week. Try not to return to fridge to eat spoonfuls!!!!

When you want some cookies, preheat the oven to 200 degrees, line a tray with baking paper, grab some of the dough, shape into balls and place on the tray with space in between

Bake for 10 minutes


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Love Livs


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Fortune cookies


Fortune cookies are always one of the best things about going for a Chinese meal. Everyone always loves cracking open the little biscuits to reveal their future. They are easy to make, you just have to be work quickly to get the fortune inside, fold them and hang them off the spoon handles before they start to go hard, but that’s part of the fun of it. We have been on the floor laughing some years when people were not quick enough and their cookie set into a weird shape with the fortune hanging out.

Get the kids to write the fortunes before hand so you’re all ready to go. The cookies only take a few minutes in the oven and then you go into mach speed.  It’s easier if you cook a few at a time. They might look a bit more rustic than a shop bought ones but I like rustic and everyone enjoys eating them far more because we made them ourselves.

What you need:

2oz plain flour
2oz icing sugar
2oz butter
1 egg

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and get a non stick baking tray ready.

Soften the butter in the microwave for 30 secs on high. Then, beat the sugar & butter together in a bowl.

Beat (mix like mad) in the egg until combined.

Fold (mix gently) in the flour until combined.

Spread spoonfuls of the mixture onto a non stick baking tray into rough rounds using a palette knife or the back of a spoon.

Bake for 5 minutes until just golden.

Working super quickly, take out of the oven, remove the biscuits from the tray with a palette knife, put in the fortune inside, fold over into a crescent shape and bend over a wooden spoon handle. Leave to cool & harden.

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Love Livs


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The Mix = Pastry

On the 25th Jan, Scots everywhere will be celebrating the birth of their national poet Robert Burns with a traditional Burns night supper. Any excuse for a celebration and I’m there making something to go with it.

Shortbread is a synonomous with Scotland. If anyone goes on a trip to Scotland, a box of shortbread is usually the souvenir they bring back. These melt in the mouth biscuits are gorgeous dunked in tea, eaten with a creamy dessert or to give as a gift and making them couldn’t be easier. 

Shortbread biscuits should be white not golden and so the key is to cook them on the coolest shelf in the oven and watch them so they don’t overcook. You want them just firm to the touch.

So find a tartan tablecloth, get a purple heather plant in a pot for the middle of the table, put on some bagpipe music, have a wee dram, say ‘och aye the noo’ in your best Scottish accent and treat your family or friends to some delicious shortbread.

Warning: These biscuits are extremely moreish. Don’t blame me if you eat a whole batch and have to make more!!

You will need:

7oz flour
1oz cornflour
6oz butter
4oz sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top

To make it:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Put the butter in a bowl, soften in the microwave for 30 sec.

Add the sugar

Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy

Add the flour/cornflour

Stir gently until it starts to clump together.

Use your hand to bring it together in a ball.

Sprinkle some flour on a work surface, and the rolling pin, and roll out the dough to make a rough rectangle.


Cut out shapes and place on the tray

Prick the top of each biscuit a few times with a fork and sprinkle with sugar

Bake on the coolest shelf in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes until firm to the touch. Leave them to cool completely and they will harden.

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