{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.

{The Nest Eats} Lunchbox queen and we are all dunces

So school holidays are nearly over and the morning rush is about to hit you again. Just a heads up that I am pretty much telling you to pack your bags, find a corner and sob because basically this women has owned you. She stomps on every one of us who smashes together a vegemite sandwich on 4 day old bread, whacks it next to a soggy mandarin and calls it a nutritious lunch. Let me introduce you to the Lunch Box Queen!   egg She is wonderful and whimsical and obviously very time rich!lunchbox Excuse me now, I have to go cut some more mould off the white bread…

{The Nest Cooks} Sunday Bakeday

I am trying this new thing, basically to make life easier I am trying to bake on Sundays so that during the week for the hubby-bird’s lunches I have food already made so it is as simple as pulling from the freezer and chucking it into his bag.

Plus, I have snacks on standby the the little birdies when the dreaded hunger monster appears. I really enjoy knowing what ingredients are going into their little bellies.

This week we stumbled across a great recipe from the team at The Road To Loving My Thermo Mixer for Apple Crumble muffins.

They are delicious! Plus, they look WAY impressive (like, look tots harder to make than what they really are!)

You can find the recipe here -> Apple Crumble Muffins

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Now, do not fear if you are yet to purchase a Thermomix (or similar) because the brilliant team at The Road To Loving My Thermo Mixer offer a non-Thermomix version as well!

Happy cooking Nesters!

{The School Run} 50 Freezer Friendly snacks for kids

I know one thing for sure, most mama-birds and papa-birds make the resolution to be smarter with the little birdies lunches at the start of the school term. Then, unfortunately by week three it is vegemite and cheese sandwiches on white bread and a slightly tarnished green apple.

Today we have some beautiful Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Snacks to give you some brilliant inspiration!

This way you can go on a cooking rampage on the weekend and not have to worry during the week and simply do the last minute freezer grab to pack their lunchboxes before school.

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This was first published by our talented friends at One Handed Cooks – go there, they rock!

You’re welcome Nesters!