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Nelson Mandela famously once said about cookies Cookies are the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world and bakers all over the world have been proving him right since. Well known as the least likely dessert/snack to offend someone.

  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 110g (4oz) Caster sugar
  • 275g (10oz) Plain flour
  • Add one teaspoon of spices (cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger, etc)
  • 75g White or Milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven at 170oC gas mark 3.

Cream the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Sift the flour into the mixture and the chocolate and any spice you want now. Bring the mixture together in a figure of eight until it forms a dough.

Using your hands, make walnut sized balls and place them slightly apart from eachother on a tray. Flatten the balls with the back of a fork and bake them in the oven for around 15 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top.

Place the cookies onto a cooling rack and leave them there for around 15 mins. If you have a brother and want some cookies to survive, I suggest making these while he's out. Unfortunatley the delicious smell attracts all kinds of riff raff, I find that distracting my adult brother with promises of pieces of cookie dough staves him off for a few mins.

Once cool serve. . .or just keep for yourself.

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