I have seen many recent posts on Facebook and Instagram when people are making too many batches of cakes and mentioning that they would be a size larger at the end of lockdown. I have really taken this to heart and started pondering the idea of making a single cookie. One means you don’t have to share it and also that you get the satisfaction of a delicious baked cookie and doing an activity either on your own or with your kids and not worrying that it could be a piece of cake (or cookie) too far and risk sending you into a sugary haze. Kids how about you try to convince your grown up that this is the best idea? You can scoop out all the ingredients yourself and not have to share the cookie! Did I mention that this recipe doesn’t contain egg and can easily be made dairy free or vegan by using vegan spread and chocolate. It uses only a small amount of ingredients so you don’t have to be overly concerned about running out.
My kids each chose a different tablespoon of add ins to make their cookie personal so we ended up with apricot and chocolate, dried banana and chocolate and dried pineapple and coconut. They all smelled delicious and I was honoured when Ophelia deigned to share some cookie with me! Surprised would be an understatement.
The kids would like to see your cookies; it would really brighten our day. Please do put them on our Facebook page or tag Just Add Patience on Instagram so we can see how you have got on!
To make a single-serve cookie you will need:
- 1tbsp margarine/unsalted butter – we have found margarine is easier for the kids to scoop as I never remember to take it out of the fridge in advance.
- 1tbsp light brown sugar
- 1/4tsp vanilla extract
- 2tbsp flour
- 1/8tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1tsp oats
- 1tbsp chocolate/dried fruit
To make a cookie:
- Preheat the oven to 160°c fan and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment.
- Put the butter, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl and cream together using a teaspoon.
- Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and oats and salt into the bowl and mix to combine. My kids enjoyed using their hands to bring it together.
- Add in the chocolate/dried fruit and roll into a ball.
- Place on the baking tray and flatten slightly with your hand.
- Cook for 10-12 minutes and allow to cool on the tray – warm cookies are fragile.