It’s such a long time since I baked any cookies, my cooker was disconnected at the end of January, and although I’ve had it back now for about a week and half I haven’t had a chance to bake anything. I took delivery of some Hot Cross Fudge from Wee Sweetie and in the carrier bag alongside my order were some samples of other sweets to try, what a bonus!
I found some Nutterly Buttery Fudge, Creme de Menthe Fudge and some Bacon Praline as well as some Lime and Berry boiled sweets. They were all lovely to eat as sweets, but I thought they would also work well as a topping for a plain cookie, and I was right. They might not be the prettiest cookies but they are very easy to make and taste delicious, you could top these cookies with nuts, chocolate or anything that takes your fancy.
Sweetie Cookies (makes 24-30)
100g margarine or butter
100g caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
225g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Toppings of your choice
Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Cover two or three baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cream the margarine or butter with the sugar and then add the remaining ingredients until they form a soft dough. Roll the dough into a sausage and wrap in clingfilm, put this in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
Slice rounds from the roll and place, evenly spaced, on to the baking sheets. Add the toppings and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until pale golden brown and crisp. Don’t allow them to get too brown.
Lift off and leave to cool on a wire rack.
The dough is very soft, so the cookies are not exactly round! The sticky looking cookies are the ones topped with bacon praline, I was a bit worried that they might be too bacony, but no, the praline sweetness totally compensated. I had to use my grill pan rack to cool the cookies as my cooling trays are still in storage, it’s amazing what you can use when you have to!