Cheap and Choice Cookies

    45 minutes

    This is a fabulously economical cookie recipe, they can be left as vanilla biscuits or you can add any flavourings of your choice - its variations are only limited by your imagination. I have included some variation suggestions for this recipe, including a freezer variation, in the notes.


    Wellington, New Zealand
    52 people made this

    Makes: 40 biscuits

    • 500g butter or margarine
    • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
    • 1 (400g) tin condensed milk
    • 5 cups (750g) plain flour
    • 5 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 pinch salt

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line three baking trays with baking paper.
    2. Using electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the condensed milk.
    3. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add to the butter mixture and mix well to combine.
    4. Roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls. Place on prepared trays and press down with a fork. Bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Cool on trays.


    Add any of these variations before mixing in the flour. - 1 cup dark chocolate chips - 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, milo or drinking chocolate - 3/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice - 3/4 cup finely chopped dried fruit of your choice - 2 teaspoons ground spice such as cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice - 1/2 cup rolled oats or coconut Once I have added the different ingredients I often freeze some of the dough in a long roll with greaseproof paper around it. Dough can be stored in freezer for about a month. Thaw for 10 to 15 minutes, slice into cookie size pieces and bake.

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    I tried it with milo and it was really delicious, looking forward to trying it with some of the other variations.  -  25 Sep 2009


    Altered ingredient amounts. I just made some with 1 table spoon Cranraisens and 1 tablespoon white chocolate. I love this recipe there are so many possibities  -  18 Sep 2009


    I love this recipe and it has quickly became a household favouriteWith half the dough i freeze and the other half make biscuits for our lunches for a week. Then pull out the other frozen half and theres our biscuits for another week! Just have to add what i want. Time saving, Money saving, Tasty, and Easy!! Thanks for an awesome recipe.  -  08 Jul 2011