Homemade Cookies – Making Them Fun!

 You can say what you like about cookies – they certainly take the biscuit! They’re usually easy to make, but can become a little humdrum and dull if you’re making the same cookies week-in, week-out.

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Jelly Cookies

320g flour
170g butter
125g sugar
2x eggs (large)
85g packet jelly (choose your own flavour!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Makes about 24. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Beat together the butter, sugar and jelly until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. In a different bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder then mix in with the batter gradually.  Shape into balls a little bigger than an inch thick then place on a greased baking sheet, pressing them down until less than half an inch thick and spacing them two inches apart. Bake for about eight minutes or until done.

Poker Cookies

1 packet of small cookies!

3 tbsp meringue powder
450g icing sugar
6 tbsp warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Different food colouring

Open the cookies and don’t eat them! Beat all the other ingredients together using a mixer – about eight minutes at a low speed then ten at high. Divide and mix in your food colours as you see fit. Use a piping bag that has a small round tip for icing. Use the icing to create casino-style decorations on your cookies – and that’s it! Now you’ve made your poker cookies, why not have a game with them?

Flour-free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

225g smooth peanut butter
180g sugar
160g hard chocolate
1x egg (large)
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

These are great if you’re avoiding gluten, or want to avoid the mess associated with flour and getting your kids to help you bake! Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Mix together the peanut butter, sugar, egg and baking soda until well blended. Bash the chocolate into chips then mix in. Place the cookies on a greased baking sheet – a tablespoon of dough for each cookie and spaced two inches apart. Bake for about 13 minutes until they are lightly browned. Allow to cool on the sheet for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack to let them cool for 15 minutes before you start to tuck in!

Disclaimer: This post was contributed by Alicia Wills.

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