Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Apricot & Oatmeal Cookies

Every girl should have a basic cookie dough recipe and this one is my favourite. It's quick to knock all the ingredients together, it can be stored, and used, straight from the freezer and you can add whatever flavours you want to it!

- Frankly...... it's perfect!

- so perfect I could marry it!

- wait, what am I talking about? I think I'm overdosed on the cough medicine again!

So my cookie dough recipe goes something like this.......

makes 20-25 cookies depending on the size you cut them

225g butter - softened to room temperature
140g soft brown sugar
260g plain flour
20g porridge oats (if you don't want to add oats use 280g flour)
1 egg yolk
juice 1 lemon or 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
50g chopped apricots

Start off by creaming the butter and sugar together - you can make these cookies in a food processor if you wish, up till adding the fruit stage, or you can make them by hand. I made mine last Saturday morning, it was sunny, quite, Mum & Dad were going to visit in the afternoon and I felt like putzing around in the kitchen - so I made mine by hand it's very calming and satisfying......

Once you have achieved a light creamy mix......

Add you egg yolk and mix in....

Stir in your flour.......

Then add your oats and apricots. Give it all a gentle mix and then turn out onto your work surface or chopping board and bring it all together by hand.

Once you have a smooth dough, divide the mixture in half and roll out into two sausages......

Roll them up in clingfilm or baking parchment and pop in the freezer for at least and hour.

Whilst they are in the freezer pre heat your oven to 190C / Gas 6 and prepare your baking trays with either a silicon mat or some baking parchment.

Remove your cookie dough sausages from the freezer and cut into discs - mine were just under a centimetre thick - lay them out on your baking trays ......if your baking in batches return unused dough back to the freezer.

Place in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely......

Now grab yourself a cup of tea or a glass of milk and tuck in!

When I passed the biscuit jar to Andrew on Sunday morning I was asked      "did you buy these?"

 I don't know whether to take that as a compliment - because they looked and tasted so good - or an insult that I had bought biscuits!

                                           ............I'm taking it as a compliment!

Have a good day....... no...... have a great day!
 apricot cookies