When only a cookie will do…

An adaptable, customizable cookie recipe.  Make the basic dough, then add your choice of extras.

I went with cranberry and white chocolate. Please share your flavours in the comments below…..

Step 1: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

basic dough (makes about 24 cookies)

100g/3½ oz rolled oats
125g/4½ oz plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
50g/1¾ oz bar milk or white chocolate
100g/3½ oz butter @room temperature
200g/7oz caster sugar
1 large egg

plus chocolate chunks, dried fruit, nuts, whatever...

• preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5
• measure oats into blender or food processor and whizz to fine powder
• Grate in the chocolate, then add the flour, soda, baking powder and salt and stir to mix.

Step 2: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

• cream butter with both sugars.  beat egg and vanilla together and beat into creamed mixture.

Step 3: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

• Add mixed, dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. It will start to form a dough. At this point you can add your extras (like the cranberry and white chocolate chunks) and gather the mixture into a ball with your hands.

Step 4: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

• roll into balls 4-5cm/1½” in diameter.  Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the cookie dough balls onto it with space between them (I tend to cook six to a tray).  Flatten the balls slightly with your hand before putting in the oven.

Step 5: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

• bake for about 10 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden in colour.  They will still be soft, but will flatten and harden on cooling.

Step 6: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

• allow to harden on the baking tray and transfer to a cooling rack once solid.
• You may need to stand guard to prevent theft by cookie burglars.

Step 7: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

• Enjoy your cookies.....

Step 8: Emergency Last-minute Multi-purpose Panic Cookies

More options...

• You could replace 50g/1½oz of the plain flour with cocoa for double chocolate cookies.
• As well as adding extras to the cookie dough, you can push sweets like smarties or m and m’s into the cookies straight after they are removed from the oven and still soft.  They will be held in place when the cookies cool.
Breaking news: milk chocolate and apricot is very delicious. As is a bit of cinnamon in the mix with diced apple. The dough tastes very much like the stuff you get in well-known ice-creams. I guess you would need to use powdered egg to get round the raw egg problem in uncooked dough. Any thoughts?
Very nice recipe and I love the size of white chocolate chunks you used!
That is super lovely of you - it never does to stint on the good stuff, right? <br> <br>
For sure :D

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