When I was a student I lived in a house share with rather a lot of girls. It was as you would expect, fun, very messy and more pairs of make-up and hair products under our roof than we could possibly use. Now, I occasionally used to bake with my friend Lyd. At the time we didn’t even have a mixing bowl, we used to mix up our cookies in our biggest pan. Then we used to share out cookies and watch endless episodes of whatever tv programme E4 happened to be playing on a loop that day.
Now Lyd is now a very accomplished baker (far better than me!). She makes the most beautiful looking cakes and it makes me both miss baking with her and feel horribly jealous that I no longer live close enough that I can sample the goodies.
Anyway, to remind you of the good old old days of toasties and supernoodles, here is a basic cookie recipe that can be cooked anywhere as long as you have an oven, a baking tray, a wooden spoon and a receptacle large enough to hold your cookie dough. The dough actually tastes pretty nice raw; but don’t go making yourself sick eating it or you won’t have enough cookies to enjoy for the rest of the week. (Well I say the rest of the week, I took mine to my Uncle’s and they were pretty well received).
To make these cookies you will need:
125g butter (softened)
1 mug soft brown sugar
1 1/2 mugs self raising flour
1 large egg (please please buy free range)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g of chocolate chunks (or Smarties, Rolos or M&Ms)
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a baking tray or line with baking paper or a silicone liner. Cream the butter and the sugar together.
Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract.
Add the chocolate chips and the flour and mix well.
Make little balls from the cookie dough – whatever size you fancy. Place on your greased/lined baking tray.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are golden brown.
Place on a wire rack to cool (use a plate if you don’t have a wire rack).
Serve with endless cups of tea. If you’re still a student and you’re making these for a party or a girls night, they also go well with cheap wine!
If you have any left put in a tupperware container or biscuit tin to keep fresh.