During the first lockdown I was guilty of piling on a few pounds. Pounds that are much harder to shift than the few in my bank account.
So in a bid to curb the waistline before the Christmas excess I have made a weekly promise to consume less treats. This starts with good intentions, but as mid-week approaches abstinence becomes harder and I crave a sweet fix.
To resolve this problem I have taught myself how to make cookies, adding peanuts to make them feel slightly healthier.
You can decide if the ability to make simple homemade cookies is a help or hindrance!
- 300 grams plain flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 50 grams light brown sugar
- 50 grams caster sugar
- 200 grams butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 200 grams milk chocolate (chopped into chunks)
- 50 grams chopped unsalted peanuts
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Using an electric whisk, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth, then add the egg.
- Sieve in the flour, baking soda and salt and fold through.
- Add the vanilla extract, chocolate and peanuts and mix well to form a dough.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and roll into a sausage shape and cover with clingfilm.
- Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before cutting, for best results each cookie should be roughly 1 to 2 cm wide.
- Place the cookies on the baking tray and bake for 10 -12 minutes.