225g butter (softened)
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
280g plain flour
pinch of salt
This is just a basic cookie dough, once you've got this nailed you can add all sorts of yummy bits to it. We, more often that not, go with choc chips.
1. preheat oven to 190 degrees and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. mix together softened butter and sugar in a large bowl, you can use an electric hand mixer for this but to help tone up those bingo wings I just use a wooden spoon.
3. beat into the mix the egg yolk and vanilla extract.
4. sift together the flour and a pinch of salt into the mixture. Add choc chips or fudge pieces or smarties, etc at this stage and combine well.
5. At this point you can either make 12-ish balls of the cookie dough mixture and lay them evenly spaced (not too close together) on the baking trays, flatten slightly with your hands OR lay out some cling wrap, place the mixture in the centre and create a sausage shape. Wrap up and pop in the fridge for 20-30 mins until firm (I find it easier this way to portion the mixture as you can just slice it up).
6. Bake for about 15 mins, leave to cool for about 10 mins on the baking tray then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. You get a chewy centre this way.
I have also used this mixture to make biscuits, swapped vanilla extract for almond extract or orange juice. Sliced the mixture a bit thinner and topped with icing and sprinkles.