1,2,3, Cookies

29.11.10 - 21:11

This is my very own recipe. Okay, so you can't really invent a cookie since they're all made from essentially the same elements but this is mine. I'd love to write my own cookbook one day and take all the lovely foody photographs. I'll probably need more than one recipe for that though -so it might be a while...

Anyway, I've called them 1,2,3, Cookies mainly because they are super easy to make! They are made from a mixture of 1oz sugar, 2oz butter and 3oz flour. I've not made an attempt to convert it into volume yet so it's time to get the scales out if you want to have a go.

This amount makes six cookies. That's not very many you may say, but when you live in a household of two people, baking 24 cookies at a time is not such a great idea.


1oz Granulated sugar
2oz Butter/Margarine
3oz Flour (plus a little extra)
6 Glacé cherries
Heaped tablespoons of candied, chopped, mixed peel
1 tsp Golden syrup
Pinch of salt


- Preheat oven to 180c (350f, gas mark 4) and line a tray with baking paper.

- Cream together the butter and sugar and then mix in the syrup.

- Chop the cherries into quarters and mix with the candied peel and about a tablespoon of flour.

- Mix the 3oz of flour and the pinch into the wet mixture until it is starting to resemble dough.

- Gently mix in candied fruit and flour and squish into a ball of dough.

- Separate into six equal balls and space them out on the baking tray - press each one down into a cookie shape. Make sure there is a bit of room between them as they might spread a little.

- Bake for 8 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown.

- Let them cool a little.

- Consume with a nice cup of tea. I'm not a big fan of tea, but Mr Fiancé has to have a cup when tasting experimental baking projects.

Next I'm going to make them with some different flavours like cranberry and white chocolate chunks. If you try this recipe I'd love to know what you think.



Feeling festive

27.11.10 - 12:07
I've started feeling quite festive this last week. Christmas markets are popping up and the lights have been switched on in town. It's also helped that it was first a little frosty in the mornings and then today we woke up to snow.

I took all of these pictures within 5 minutes walk of my house, well, except the lights - they are within 5 minutes of my work instead. The last one really makes me think of Christmas cards.