The Basic Cookie/Biscuit Recipe

CR asked me to share the recipe of the cookies that I put up yesterday. That made me realize that it has been ages since I put up recipes here. Also, I realized today as I prepared some snacks for my friend and her kids who came over this afternoon that I seem to have forgetten some tried and tested recipes, so much so that I haven’t made some of my favourite dishes for almost 2 years now! Now that needs to be remedied, doesn’t it?

So remedying happened. I baked a pineapple upside down cake today, and it is almost over 🙂 *Picture me with a wide grin, showing off the crumbs*  Nothing makes me happier than if my food is polished off, because it hardly ever happens to me 😦 I always, always have extra. Especially when I have guests over. Husband claims that I cook for an army – and then force him to eat it till it gets over. So when everything gets polished off, I can’t help but beam with happiness 🙂 Of course, it might just mean that I cooked just enough, but then we don’t want to face that possible fact, do we 🙂

Let me tell you about the cookie recipe before I ramble on and on. On Sunday, Poohi wanted to bake heart shaped cookies, to ‘celebrate’ Valentine’s day before Husband went away on work. It was Sunday evening, and I wanted a fuss free, with minimal ingredients, an easy to make cookie recipe. So I began searching the internet. Although I have to admit, that if I went with the first recipe I landed with, I might have still managed to make it in the same time that I finally made them(the added search time certainly adds to it, doesn’t it?), but that did not cross my mind then. You see, I spend a lot of time reading the comments too. A recipe without comments, I don’t normally try – I don’t want to be the first one taking a risk, you see. Also the comments give you a fair idea about how effective the recipe is. Another thing I have realized while doing my research is how much my personal baking style has changed. Earlier I used to go by the recipe completely. I remember watching a Nigella Lawson programme on TV, where she mentioned that baking is a very exact science – and I totally took it to heart. Now however, I seem to have figured out what I can play around with, and what I can’t. So if I don’t have a particular ingredient, I find a substitute, or might even omit it, if I feel that it will not hamper the final results.

So finally I settled on this recipe from Simple, with just three ingredients and the comments sounded like people had given it a shot and were happy. CR, I’m sure you will agree that it is simple enough 🙂

I stuck to the recipe, apart from minor variations(thanks to running out of essential ingredients).

  • 225g butter, softened(I used about 200 gms)
  • 110g caster sugar(I used about 90 gms)
  • 275g plain flour

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/Gas mark 4

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and pale.

3. Sift in the flour and bring the mixture together to form a dough.

Roll out the dough and cut out the shapes, if using cookie cutters. For the teddy bear cookies, shape the dough into the shapes, stick them together(the dough holds quite well), stick a ice cream stick into it, or just leave them  as is. Daughter wanted to make some teapot ones, and star shaped ones, but I did not have the time(or the patience, if I am honest), so we shelved those to the next time 🙂

Apparently we could add different flavours by different substitutions. The website lists out the possible variations – and they certainly look interesting. The only variation I tried was adding some salt to see if I can replicate the sweet and salty cookies from husband’s childhood memories. And that worked. Next time, I plan to try the same recipe with wholemeal flour to see it works as well.

With the half term on, I seem to be cooking a lot more ‘interesting’ recipes. Leaving you with what we feasted on today 🙂 The picture of the cake did not come out well – I took it in a hurry, and by the time I realized how bad the pictures were, I only had crumbs left 😦

If anybody is interested in the cake recipe, I followed the recipe from here. I had to use soft, dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar in the toppings, because I realized too late that I did not have have light brown sugar. This gave my cake a darker, more caramelized look and flavour – which was still delicious! I also added about 4 tablespoons of pineapple juice instead of the two mentioned in the recipe. Other wise I followed the recipe completely.

19 thoughts on “The Basic Cookie/Biscuit Recipe

  1. Wah! this is a total visual treat 🙂

    Thank you, thank you 🙂

    Errr…one stupid question..why are there strawberrys in the picture or is that something else *Dumb RM query*

    Because we pigged out on them too 🙂

    LOL on always making extra…you are a woman after my heart…you come to India and keep sending us the extra stuff eh 🙂

    Sure – that would be my pleasure and husband’s relief 🙂

  2. Drool drool drool
    I am drooling all over the keyboard at work, thanks to you! 🙂

    I do that all the time – esp when I go blog hopping to food blogs 🙂 ANd then get hungry and end up eating junk 😦

    I haven’t tried much baking at home. You inspire me to do so, but I am kinda scared to start. I don’t know if the essential ingredients are all available easily in India…

    I am sure most of these basic ingredients are available. I used to bake in Bangalore, and my mum used to bake when I was little in Jamshedpur too.. So I am sure all the basic ingredients would be available.

    I LOVE the pineapple cake. I want NOW!!!!

    It is delicious 🙂

    This reminds me, I haven’t put up any recipes on my blog so far. I LOVE cooking, and it is strange that my blog does not have any mention of the food I cook. 😦 This is a situation that needs remedying.
    Please do! I would love to try some of your recipes 🙂

  3. Only 3 ingredients??? They seem to be a breeze to make. Will try them sometime. Please tell me how many cookies did the recipe yield?

    Here’s to many more interesting recipes from you.

    • It is supposed to yield 35 biscuits, Seema. But I made those hearts – which are quiet big, and the teddy bears – which again uses a lot of dough. I ended uo making 3 teddy bears, 7 hearts and around 10 or so nankhatai shaped biscuits.

  4. I am planning to make a pineapple upside down cake today!! If it comes out well, will be back to give you a same pinch :). Ok, now let me scroll up to read the rest of the post 🙂

  5. I AM definitely tring ur recipes…this post msde me smile so much as it sounded like myself searching out umpteen recipes before settling for one!Lived ur post and will try the cookies soon

  6. Nothing makes me happier than if my food is polished off, because it hardly ever happens to me I always, always have extra.
    That’s coz me and my hubby are not around! :mrgreen: Just wait till u move to B’lore!

    Need to attend baking classes and start baking more often… we do have a grill oven at home…need to learn to start using it!

  7. I absolutely love this recipe, it’s among the very first recipes that I baked independently after an egg-less cake in the pressure cooker 😀 😀
    Love those super cute teddy bear cookies and that cake looks soooooper yum 😀 😀

  8. You made it sound soooo simple that I am going to give it a try 😀
    Thank you darling 🙂

    Heard of the expression that if you give a finger, some people take your hand?
    Now can I please be your house guest for a weekend and learn these awesome bakery things from you? 😀
    I promise to behave!

    • It is simple CR 🙂 Do give it a try – am sure you will be able to bake them beautifully!

      Come over any time! That would be lovely! We are having a baking session next thursday – come over if you can 🙂 Or else I can put up step by step pics – My friends can do the pic taking 🙂

  9. All right, Smitha, you give me hope. That is from now I shall keep looking for recipes here, because you have already done research (esp. those no comments wala recipes 😛 ), and variations, adding or leaving out ingredients depending upon availability (happens ALL the time with me :D) is also catered to. Thank you. Will try the pineapple thing next weekend, when I will have guests too 🙂 🙂 Thank you 🙂

  10. Do you need a baking sheet or something for these cookies? Or can they be baked in a greased plate?

    PS: Thank you so much for answering all my baking-related queries. I am all set to go this weekend. 🙂

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