Friday, 28 November 2014

Butter Cookies

The Little Girl and I shared a little project yesterday after dinner and that was to bake a small batch of cookies for tea time today. Honestly, I was totally spent after cooking and cleaning up after dinner but her wild yet innocent enthusiasm got the better of me.

At tea time today, we enjoyed some butter cookies topped with chocolate chip, served with Korean strawberries and Chilean blueberries. Syukur alhamdulillah it was a delicious treat with a cup of tea (goats milk for the kids).

Here is the "no brainer recipe" (The Little Girl had fun and baked this with some assistance, guidance and supervision):

Preheat oven to 160C.

Part A:
227g of soft unsalted butter 
1 cup of castor sugar (really sweet!!)
1 tsp of vanilla essence

Part B:
1 1/2 cup of self raising flour
1 tsp of baking powder
Pinch of salt

Mix Part A well until well-combined but not stiff.

Sieve Part B then mix in to Part A in small portions until well-combined.

Scoop a teaspoonful onto baking tray lined with baking paper. Be sure to leave enough space for the cookie to "spread out" when baking.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on wire rack before eating/storing.

Our backstory:
Top with a favourite topping of choice for some frivolity and fun. We have previously topped with cashew nuts, hundreds and thousands sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles. This batch was chocolate chips! I find that topping choice is limitless which is why I allow The Little Girl to suggest or choose one that she likes. In this process, she has observed and learnt that dry fruits like raisins, cranberries and apricots get burnt while wet fruit like cherries for baking would turn out perfect. Of course, the "whys" darts were shot at me to Google up the answers for her.

Oh, we chilled this dough in the fridge for 15 minutes before rolling and cutting into shapes if not using the teaspoonful drop onto baking tray lazy method. The chilling helps stiffen the dough as we find it much easier to work with a slightly firmer texture. Evidently, I prefer the lazy method with lesser time consumed and lesser washing of rolling pin/cookie cutter/what begins to look like a PlayDoh session. But I don't always get my way, hah! I pray The Little Girl will cherish memories of our baking sessions...

Crumbly tasty and diabetic-inducing good times, have fun my lovelies! Be sure to have an active outdoor play activity planned for after those treats for the little ones to burn all that sugar off. 

Bon appetit!


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