Easy Basic Cookie Recipe

    50 minutes

    This is a simple recipe that you can build on and make heaps of different cookies from - like lemon, orange or chocolate chip - see my tips below. You can also keep the dough in the fridge or freezer for extra quick cookies!

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    Serves: 35 

    • 230g butter, softened
    • 110g caster sugar
    • 275g plain flour

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:25min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Cream the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    3. Sift in the flour and then add whatever flavourings and extras you are using - then bring the mixture together to form a dough.
    4. Using your hands, roll the dough into walnut-size balls and place them slightly apart on a baking tray. Flatten them slightly and bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes or until they are a light golden brown and slightly firm on top.
    5. Carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

    Try these simple flavourings

    Poppy seed: Add 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds to the flour. Lemon or Orange: Add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon or 1 orange to the flour. Spice (e.g. cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger): Add 1 teaspoon of a ground spice of your choice to the flour.

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    Very easy and very good for when there's nothing in the pantry. Kids loved them. I always wanted to be a mum that could whip up something home-made without any notice. I just made a mixed spice, cinnamon and ginger version this time, but I can see that the recipe is very adaptable.  -  12 Jun 2011


    This recipe is fool proof and very easy to make. Simple and easy ingredient and taste like heaven!  -  31 Dec 2013


    this recipe was a hit in my house, i added vanilla essence to one batch and coconut essence to another, added my buttercream frosting and they were delicious!!!  -  31 Mar 2014