Cheap and Choice Cookies

Cheap and Choice Cookies


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This is a fabulously economical cookie recipe - its variations are only limited by your imagination. I have included some variation suggestions for this recipe - including a freezer variation in the notes.

magnet0 Wellington, New Zealand

Serves: 20 

  • 500g margarine/butter
  • 1 standard size tin (400g) condensed milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (to taste)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. First, cream the sugar and margarine.
  3. Then, add condensed milk, flour and baking powder. Mix to combine.
  4. At this point you have the option to add variety to your cookies. I like to split the dough into 3 or 4 different bowls and add either;
  5. -Chocolate Chips, or
  6. -a tablespoon of cocoa powder or Milo or drinking chocolate and tablespoon of chopped nuts, or
  7. -a tablespoon of Marmalade, or
  8. -rolled oats, coconut and cinnamon, or
  9. -dried fruit; or anything else you like in your cookies.
  10. Once the dough is ready roll into teaspoon sized balls and press down with a fork. Place on greased trays and bake in moderate oven until golden brown for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Freezer variation

Once I have added the different ingredients I often freeze some of the dough in a long roll with grease proof paper around it, until I want to cook them. The dough is fine in the freezer for about a month. When I feel like cookies I just take the dough out of the freezer, leave it on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes, slice into cookie size pieces and bake.

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Reviews (14)


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

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