Friday, February 05, 2010

Cookie Monster!

I've bought a copy of 'The $21 Challenge' and one of the recipes in the book is the 120 cookies for $4 recipe.

I've been testing it a bit, playing around with the basic idea and seeing what works and what doesn't. I haven't had any misses yet, but have had a lot of fun with the dough.This dough can be frozen and then cooked with minimal thawing. I freeze it in logs, and use a sharp knife when the dough can be cut. My freezer is a bit enthusiastic, and tends to run at -21 degrees C. 

This batch is 108 cookies, roughly in thirds with Oat and Maple Syrup, Date and Walnuts, and Chocolate Chip.

It works really well for a recipe with kids. Because there's so much of it, I find I am less worried if the kids try to eat their own body weight in cookie dough. (They like to try.) And it's a fantastic recipe to use with kids.

500gs Margarine (one tub)
One tin of sweetened condensed milk (440g)
1/2 - 1 cup of sugar (I go with the half)
5 cups of self raising flour

Cream margarine and sugar, add sweetened condensed milk, and then add flour. Add extras as you wish, bake for 8 - 12 minutes until cooked.

This dough is also great in the cookie gun. If you don't have one of these and you make a lot of cookies, then you should buy one. This cookie dough, and the custard powder cookie dough through the cookie gun makes the best cookies to go with a good cup of tea.

This recipe gets the thumbs up, and has become a regular in our household. When we run out of food, we always have flour, sweetened condensed milk, sugar and margarine just in case. You can make this recipe with butter if prefered, the only difference will be the biscuits will no longer come in at under $4!