30 Nov 2009

{Cookies Galore!}

I love recipes! Especially baking ones. So when I saw this little blog train asking for volunteers I thought why not! So me and some lovely ladies are gonna share some cookie recipes, check out Lois' blog for a full list of all the ladies taking part– perfect for this time of year. Make a batch as gifts, or take them into work or school to spread a little Christmas cheer.

My recipe comes from this fantastic book by Nigella Lawson – Nigella Christmas. Its full of yummy recipes and gorgeous photos. With great ideas for over the holiday season (or any other time!)
I bought this book last Christmas and baked these cookies – they went down so well, over the Christmas period I baked 3 batches!

The recipe states you can make 24 biscuits – but I must make mine a little smaller because I end up with tons – which is a good thing!

Ingredients250g soft butter
150g Caster Sugar (I use Vanilla Sugar!)
40g Cocoa Powder
300g Plain Flour
½ Teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 Teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 170c/gas mark 3. Line your baking trays – I use non stick grease proof paper.
Cream the butter and sugar together, once combined add in the cocoa powder and mix. Then add the flour, bicarb and baking powder.
I use a electric mixer to get most of combined. It will look a bit dry – almost like breadcrumbs. Once like this use your hands to combine into a dough.
As the mixture is quite sticky, I wear latex gloves to pull of small parts of the dough (size of a walnut) roll in my hands, then squish out on the baking tray.
Bake them for about 10-12 minutes – they will feel soft to touch when you take them out.
Leave to cool – then you can ice and decorate.

Icing Ingredients
2 x 15ml tablespoons of cocoa
175g Icing sugar
60ml of boiling water, from kettle
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on a low heat and whisk until all combined. Leave the icing to cool for about 10 minutes.
Spoon the icing onto the biscuits – I lay out a length of baking paper and spread the cookies out on this. I ice and decorate on this. Put the icing on about 6-8 biscuits then put sprinkles on otherwise icing can go too hard.
Ta-da! (Sorry for the dodgy pics - camera still sick!)
That’s it, they really are yummy!
Now go check out Marg’s blog for some more yumminess!!
I can’t wait to bake some of these other yummy recipes!


  1. wow, they look so yum, i might just have to try baking a set and taking them along to my mummys and babies group this week i think they will go down a treat!!! thanks xxx

  2. Those sure look yummy, I can not wait to try them.

  3. Chocolate is always a good thing! Will have to try these with my kids.

  4. And they're cute, besides! What a great cookie tray, we'll all be able to make by the time we work our way through to the end of the train! TFS!

  5. Mmm, looks easy enough even I could manage them!

  6. Yummy, yummy cookies.....my heart be still and my waistline bigger!
    I must try these little beauty's, thank you for sharing Leanne.
    I love your cards that you made, simple yet so stunning.....what a clever Miss!!

  7. These look delicious....I may just have to try some.

  8. These look so yummy. I will be trying them. I have the book and haven't yet made them but you have convinced me to do so.