An afternoon in the kitchen

I have always loved baking, and this weekend I was lucky to have two little nine-year old helpers in the kitchen who were very anxious to discover the secret of successful cookie making!  Our cookies turned out really well, in spite of being subjected to rather over-enthusiastic kneading and mixing, so I thought I’d share the recipe here – it’s so easy and has never failed for me yet…..


  • 350 g plain flour
  • 250 g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 200 g condensed milk
  • 225 g unsalted butter (or salted is fine if you don’t have unsalted – in fact I actually prefer it)
  • 225 g caster sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 180C (160C fan), gas mark 4
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and condensed milk until light and fluffy.  Mix in the flour to make a soft dough and then mix in the chocolate chunks – trying not to eat too many!
  • Form the dough into walnut sized balls and place on a greased baking sheet, flattening them out slightly.  Place well apart as they will spread when cooked.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes – keep an eye on them as they will turn from not quite cooked to burnt very quickly!
  • Allow to cool on the tray – most delicious of all when eaten slightly warm.

This dough will keep well in the fridge for a week or so, and also freezes well.


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