My kids love freshly baked giant cookies.
The smell of them baking, the squishy and slightly chewy texture of scoffing them whilst they’re still warm, all washed down with a cold glass of milk. Yum.
Luckily for my kids, homemade giant cookies are one of my forte’s (though to be frank, I don’t have many!) and I do make some every couple of weeks as a treat. The dough will also keep really well in the fridge for up to a week if you wrap it well in cling film (and don’t scoff it!) – it’s a great thing to have on standby if you have unexpected guests pop in or you forget about an upcoming bake sale.
My nan was the best baker, I aspire to be as good as she was but, to be honest, I don’t stand a chance. She was brilliant. She used to bake every other day and would make things like Shortbread fingers, Viennese whirls with a dollop of Jam in the middle and Cheese Straws.
If I close my eyes, I can still clearly visualise her kitchen with her twin tub washer, her little oven, the wooden kitchen units and I can see myself kneeling up on a dining chair at the worktop under her kitchen window so I could help weigh and mix the ingredients on the old counter-weight weighing scales. I know my nan aspired to have a larger kitchen, with more room for her baking things and probably a nice big cooker, like the kitchen range cookers from Belling UK to bake in, but she made do with what she had and her baking was still wonderful. You don’t need a posh kitchen to bake well. Happy days and marvellous memories. You can read more about my nan and see more of my recipes in my, “Not quite Mary Berry” section.
Maltesers are a bit of a favourite in our house. We all love them (mummy and daddy included) and we had somewhat of a ‘glut’ at Christmas. 3 boxes to be precise! So, to cull a few in one go (and to stop me from eating all 3 boxes by myself!) I came up with this recipe for Malteser Cookies.
They’re malty, soft, chocolatey and delicious. Get the kids involved, it’s a really simple recipe, and have some fun together in the kitchen!
Happy cooking folks! And feel free to share your favourite recipes using the hashtag #GoodLookingCooking