One Cookie Recipe - Ten Different Flavours

The basic cookie recipe can be adapted to create a huge variety of cookie ideas. If you want to try out a few new ideas and get really creative, make the basic recipe and split it into four to make a few cookies in each flavour. One cooled you can decorate these cookies with icing or dip into melted white or dark chocolate and then nuts, coconut or sprinkles or try one of the recipe variations below.


Basic Cookie Recipe

Makes about  12-24 cookies depending on size

125g butter (4 ounces)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cups self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mix-ins (optional, see below)

  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add vanilla and egg
  • Add flour and salt
  • Stir in mix-ins
  • Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto a non-stick tray
  • Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 10-15 minutes
Note: In NZ we tend to have our cookies crunchy and brown so a cooking time of 15 minutes is about right but for a softer, American-style cookie reduce the time by 5-10 minutes.

Variations:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

-Swap half the white sugar for brown sugar
-Add chocolate chips as mix ins

Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

-Remove 2 tablespoons of flour and add 2 tablespoons of cocoa
-Add white chocolate chips as mix ins

Peanut Cookie Recipe

-Swap half the white sugar for brown sugar
-Add peanuts as mix ins with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

Honey, Cumin and Rosewater Cookie Recipe

-Add 1 tablespoon of honey
-Swap vanilla for 1 tablespoon of rosewater
-Sprinkle cumin seeds over biscuits before baking 

Chocolate Almond Cookie Recipe

-Remove 2 tablespoons of flour and add 2 tablespoons of cocoa
-Swap vanilla essence for almond essence
-Top biscuits with raw almonds before baking
-Dip the base in chocolate after cookies are cooled

Oat and Raisin Cookie Recipe

-Swap the white sugar for brown sugar
-Add half a cup of rolled oats and half a cup of raisins
-Add 1 teaspoon of mixed spice and half a teaspoon of cinnamon

Other Cookie Ideas to Try:

-1/2 cup of macadamia nuts and 1/2 cup of white chocolate

-1 cup of mini m&ms or peanut m&ms

-1 cup of chopped mixed roasted nuts such as brazils, almonds, hazelnuts and pecans

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