Okay, you’re probably sitting there thinking “what the hell are variable cookies?”
I shall explain!
Years ago, me and hubby were hanging out with our good friend Will at his parent’s house during the summer holidays. I have no idea why, but we ended up making cookies! Will had this recipe in his repertoire – it was kind of a “chuck things in the bowl and see how it goes” kind of recipe that he adapted from something he had found online. And they were delicious!
They are called variable cookies because the recipe can be changed up in so many ways. You can change one or more of the ingredients and create a totally different batch of delicious treats. You can put spices or extracts in, or leave them as they are, you can add whatever additions you want. They are so versatile. I imagine they would be fantastic for those of you with kids, because they’re a hands-in-the-bowl mix.
The cookies I’ve made today are using the basic mixture with just two optional ingredients – I will list other variations after the recipe. I’ve made them small, because they are coming with me and hubby on a road trip at the weekend, and this way, hubby can easily eat them while he’s driving, rather than having a big hunk of cookie in his hand! But you can make them any size you like – another variation of these magic cookies!
These little bitesize cookies are soft in the middle with a crunchy exterior, and packed full of chocolate chips. And despite all the sugary content inside, they’re not sickly sweet. They’re moreish. And they’re so small you can space out your nibbling! In short, they’re the perfect cookies for a road trip.
So, without further ado, the basic recipe for you to build on and make your own variable cookies!
Amount will vary on size of cookie – I made 50 mini cookies
- 300g plain flour
- 100g brown sugar
- 125g butter
- About 3tbsp golden syrup
- Chocolate chips (optional)
- vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Sift the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the brown sugar. I like to squish the brown sugar with the back of a spoon first to remove lumps
- Chop the butter into rough cubes, then rub into the flour and sugar mixture until it looks like fine breadcrumbs, then mix in the chocolate chips
- Add the golden syrup and/ the vanilla. This is where it gets messy. Mix the golden syrup into the flour, sugar and butter breadcrumb mix. It will be sticky – keep with it. If the mix isn’t coming together, add more golden syrup, a tablespoon at a time until the mix comes together as a ball. It should be slightly sticky but not overly. If it is too sticky, add more flour
- Make cookie shapes. I pinched off balls about the size of a 10p piece and then squashed them to about a centimetre thick. Place on baking sheets with space to spread. Bake – see below for variations
- Use self-raising flour instead of plain for a softer, lighter cookie. Leave more space on the baking tray for spreading
- Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice for a little kick, or maybe a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder in place of the same amount of flour for some chocolate cookies. Sift in with the flour
- Or, for a different kind of flavour, add a teaspoon of an essence or extract – for example, vanilla like I did, or perhaps peppermint or almond
- You can leave out the chocolate chips, or switch them out for white chocolate, or marshmallows, or really anything you might find in a cookie! I used 200g of milk chocolate chips; you could use less for a more cookie to chip ratio
- When you bake the cookies, bake them for 6 minutes for really doughy cookies, for 10 minutes for soft, just browning cookies (I did 10 today), or 15 minutes for more biscuity cookies!
Big thank you to the wonderful William for letting me share his recipe, even if he got it off of t’internet in the first place! He also has a blog – a gaming blog, and a bit more upmarket than mine, as he’s been featured on gaming websites. If you’re into games, I seriously recommend taking a look! Head over to gamerpeak.com
Next week’s post will be on Friday, as hubby and I will be away on our holibobs!