{Cook & Hack} Cookies for days

As a mum to four I am always on the lookout for easy ways to make lunchbox prep just that little bit easier. It not only means the kids are fed (WIN) but also that I maintain my sanity (Bigger WIN).

Today’s tip is for freezing cookies.

I often find myself going back to the same recipe and just altering it, depending what’s in the pantry. I have listed the recipe I use below, it is one of those recipes that has been changed over the years but seems to keep going through the years. Having said that, I imagine most cookie recipes would be adaptable to this method.

I will make this recipe, then plonk it onto baking paper ->

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Next roll into a long sausage and cut in half ->

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Roll the logs in baking paper, then surround with glad wrap ->

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Write on them (if you choose) then whack them in the freezer. I don’t know officially how long they last, but we are yet to find some that don’t unfreeze well.

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Simply pull them from the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to use them. The beauty of the freezer-roll-idea is that you can just cut little discs to put on the baking tray.

These little cookies made a great addition to the school lunchboxes.

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INGREDIENTS

250g butter (softened)

1/4 caster sugar

1/2 can condensed milk

2.5 cups of self-raising flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 170º

Step 1: Beat together the sugar, condensed milk and butter.

Step 2: Slowly add (and stir) the flour.

Step 3: Mix in any additives you have in the pantry. (See hint below)

Step 4: Place teaspoon size balls onto a lined baking tray and slightly push down.

Step 5: Cook for approximately 10 minutes in preheated oven.

HINT: Our common additions are sultanas, sprinkles, chocolate drops.
We also sometimes plop a dollop of jam or nutella on top of the cookies before going in the oven.

Cookies cook VERY quickly.
They are ready once they start to change colour.

{Christmas Prizeapolooza} Lookie lookie win a Cookie

You know how some people are just good at stuff, like REALLY truly really brilliantly good at stuff? Well, that is the gorgeous Belle from Belleissimo Cookies.

Based in Bathurst, she is putting cookie making on the map in our little area. flowers

Offering handmade cookies in nearly any design you can even think of, she is creative and clever and skillful.

Belleissimo Cookies offers everything from wedding favours to superheros to beach scenes. Her skill level is incredible!

Plus, she has this brilliant little blog that offers handy tips and how-to videos sharing the cookie decoration love from all over the world. beach

If you want something a little bit different for your next party and function then make sure you call the friendly Belle from Belleissimo Cookies straight away. Handmade with love.

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The generous Belle from Belleissimo Cookies is offering a brilliant prize to one gorgeous Nester. She is offering a $50 voucher to one lucky sugar lover!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Belleissimo Cookies on Facebook and The Central Nest as well as ‘like’ the competition post on our page!

For an additional entry into this wonderful giveaway you can ‘tag’ a friend!

Good luck nesters x

 

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{The Nest Can Cook} Lactation cookies

Some people are just naturally good cows and others (READ: Me) need a little help.

I found this recipe, not really sure if it helps but choc-chip cookies never really are unwelcome.

You can find the recipe here -> Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

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Happy cooking (and milk producing) Nesters xo

Get your cookie on

There is nothing nicer than the delicious aroma of baking cookies on a cold winters day. This is a recipe I find on the Taste website a while ago. It has definitely been a hit in our family.

Thank you TASTE for this delicious recipe

Thank you TASTE for this delicious recipe

You will need:

  • 150g softened butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate bits
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate bits

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick paper. Beat 150g softened butter, 1/2 cup caster sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and well combined. Beat in 1 egg.
  2. Stir in 1 3/4 cups plain flour in two batches. Stir in 1/2 cup dark choc bits and 1/2 cup milk choc bits until evenly distributed. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the lined trays. Press down slightly.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden and cooked. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

THE NEST NOTES:  You can substitute any additive to this recipe. On occasions when we have not had chocolate we substituted and gave them new names. We have added sprinkles (Princess fairy cookies) or sultanas (lumpy rock cookies) or even lollies such as smarties (clown cookies).

ENJOY!