I’m not sure about you but I like to have a few ‘go to’ recipes I can whip up in less than an hour and enjoy when I’m in need of a sweet fix.
You know those times when you must have something sweet and delicious but you really can’t be bothered to leave the house and visit the supermarket.
These cookies are on of these recipes and they really are easy and use very few ingredients.
They’re also a great recipe if you’re working with young children as no matter what you do you’re guaranteed to end up with something edible and there’s quite a bit of hands-on time during the process.
You could leave them plain, I quite like to do this as the flavour is pretty rich so leaving them without adornment gives them a beautifully rustic look and you don’t really need anything more.
Or you could add something on top – as I’ve done here – to jazz them up a little, it really depends on how soon you want to tuck into them!
Ingredients (makes around 24)
120g softened butter
80g caster sugar
25g cocoa powder
120g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
For the icing
50g icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Edible glitter or sprinkles
How to make…
Preheat the oven to 180 C or gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Mix the sugar and butter until it’s created a thick, creamy mixture which has almost doubled in size (three minutes with an electric mixer, five by hand).
Sieve in the cocoa powder and flour and carry on mixing until the mixture comes together in a dough.
Then – using your hands – take small balls of the mixture and shape them into walnut-sized pieces and place onto your baking trays. Continue until there is no mixture left and then use a fork to press the cookies down slightly.
Make sure there’s enough room in between the cookies so they don’t merge into one giant cookie (unless that’s what you’re after…).
Pop the cookies into the oven for 10 minutes then take out and leave to cool.
While the cookies are cooling, make the icing. Mix the icing sugar, cocoa powder and water until you have a thick mixture, similar to double cream.
When the cookies are cool, drizzle a little of the icing on each of the biscuits, and then sprinkle the edible glitter on top.
If you’re going for the decorated option, these biscuits also make a great present and look beautiful wrapped in a pretty tin.