February 5, 2012

Baking Cookies by the 100s

Today I whipped up over a hundred cookies, ready for school lunches, unexpected visitors, bring-a-plate dates and the like. And it only took me half an hour!

If you're not already familiar with the popular "freeze and bake" method, then read on. If you are, then scroll on down to my tip section for some optional filler ideas and a great wrapping tip for freezing.




Hundreds of Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 500g butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 4 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup custard powder
Most recipes I've come across omit the custard powder and add an extra cup of SR flour. A dear friend put me on to this recipe and I think it makes a lovely addition to the flavour (thanks Elisa!)
Method:
  1. Using a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add condensed milk, flour and custard powder. Mix well.
  3. Tip your mixture out onto a large piece of greaseproof paper and equally divide into 3, 4 or 5 portions.
  4. Using one portion at a time, place back into bowl with optional filler of your choice and mix well.
Now, choose one portion to bake straight away. The others will be frozen to bake at a later date.
  1. Roll into walnut sized balls and press with a fork.
  2. Bake at 150*C for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool on trays.
Shape remaining portions into logs and roll up in baking paper, twisting the ends. Freeze.
To bake: Lightly defrost frozen cookie dough and slice into thin rounds, placing onto baking paper-lined trays. When fully defrosted, bake as above.


Tips:
  • Some fresh or frozen filler ideas: chocolate chips; hundreds & thousands; mini m&ms; white choc chips & coconut; cocoa; milo; jelly crystals.
  • These two options are for fresh baking only: press a freckle lolly into the top of plain cookie dough; make a small indent in plain cookie dough with your thumb and fill with jam.
  • To save time and baking paper, cut each sheet to the size of your cookie tray before wrapping your dough - then you can use the same piece to bake your cookies on!


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4 comments:

  1. wow this sounds so easy, might give a go tomorrow seeing as my cupboards are bare. Love great recipes with simple ingredients, when the grocery shop is not just around the corner for country living folk! (adding freckles to my shopping list right now though!)

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  2. This is a fantastic idea Melanie - I don't how many times my girls tell me as they are heading to bed that they need a plate to take to school the next day!

    Thank you for playing along again.

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  3. I've never tried this before - must put it onto my 'to bake' list! They look yummy!

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  4. Perfect for lunchbox treats... thanks! I love the fact you can freeze the dough, too...

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