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!
230g butter, softened
110g caster sugar
275g plain flour
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Directions Preparation:15min › Cook:10min › Extra time:25min › Ready in:50min
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
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.
Sift in the flour and then add whatever flavourings and extras you are using - then bring the mixture together to form a dough.
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.
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.
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