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Thursday 2 February 2012

Baking for Beginners: Honey and Raisin Mega Cookies

What I like about being a grown up (and I use the term loosely) is that I can whip up a batch of cookies in about five minutes (bar the baking time, of course). However, I never use a recipe anymore and my slap-dash dough distribution always results in either big flat cookies or high fat ones. Whatever they look like they always taste good, and these honey and raisin ones made with wholemeal flour make me feel like I'm kinda giving my kids something healthy. If you excuse the butter, sugar and, well, cookieness.

You'll need:
  • 130g butter (room temperature)
  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • Four tablespoons of runny honey
  • 100g raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Bake it:
  • Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Spend this time looking under your kitchen units/fridge/behind the cooker for hideous greasy dirt you'll never clean whilst you do this, if you like.
  • Pop the sugar and butter (at room temp of course) in a bowl and cream together.
  • Add the egg, vanilla essence and honey and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the flour (I don't sieve wholemeal else I feel you lose the goodness!).
  • Add the bicarb and baking soda and blend.
  • Add the rasins, combine and start making wee balls out of your mixture (it's the "wee balls" bit that always gets me - your balls should be about 2-3 centimetres in diameter but mine are always more like 5!)
  • Get a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper and pop the balls on (you're aiming to make around 12).
  • Squash each ball a tad with the back of a fork before baking for 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a rack (I usually transfer the cookies on the baking paper to keep their shape whilst they cool)

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