Chocolate Wheaten Cookies

During my pregnancies, there have only three things that I have really craved, McDonald’s chicken nuggets (with sweet and sour sauce of course!), Berri fruit ice blocks and chocolate coated wheat biscuits.  Luckily I have only recently come across this recipe, I think if I’d known about whilst pregnant, I would have ended up the size of a bus!

These cookies taste great.  In an effort to be good, I only added chocolate bits to half of the cookies, and still really enjoyed them.  To be a ‘true’ chocolate wheaten biscuit, you could dip the back of the cookies in melted chocolate – as suggested in the book. I decided against doing this, as it would have made them even harder to resist.

This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly book – Cupcakes, Cheescakes and Cookies.  It’s filled to the brim with lots of yummy treats, and has given me lots of ideas…. if only there was enough time to make them all!

Chocolate Wheaten Cookies

90g butter softened

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup wheat germ

3/4 cup wholemeal plain flour

1/3 cup white self raising flour

1/4 cup dark chocolate bits

* Beat butter & sugar together until smooth, add egg and beat until well combined. Stir in coconut, wheat germ and sifted flours

* Roll sought between 2 sheets of baking paper until it’s around half a cm thick.  Place in fridge for approx 30 minutes

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees and cover two trays with baking paper

* Using a round cutter, cut into dough and place on baking trays approx 3cm apart.  Bring off cut dough together, cover again with baking paper and roll out to make more cookies.

* Lightly press chocolate bits into the top of cookies & bake for 12 minutes.

* Allow cookies to cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack

Polka Dot Cookies

Hello, my name is Lauren and I am addicted to food magazines.  I have a huge pile of magazines and recipes that I just can’t bear to part with. Slowly I have tried to cull the number I have hoarded away, as soon as I get rid of them, they are replaced by more.  I was tackling this never ending project earlier in the week, and came across this recipe that I had pulled out of a magazine (I have no idea which one it may have come from).  I used M&M’s which I think are better than smarties anyway.  The pack I had was just enough to decorate all of the cookies and leave a few leftover for me.  The original recipe is double what I have put below, the half serving made around 36 cookies which is more than enough for morning tea!

The last time I made these was before we were married, so at least five years ago – and they are just as good as I remembered!

These are GREAT!

These are GREAT!

2 cups of self raising flour – sifted

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup malted milk powder

150g melted unsalted butter – slightly cooled

2 eggs lightly beaten

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

180g pack of smarties – or M&M’s

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees (160 if fan forced) and line two trays with baking paper.
  • Combine flour, sugar and malted milk powder in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre and add eggs, vanilla extract and butter and mix together
  • Using a tablespoon of mixture, roll into balls, flatten slightly and place on tray approx 4cm apart. Press smarties/M&M’s into top of cookies
  • Bake for 8 – 9 minutes and swap trays halfway through
  • Stand on trays for 1 minute before transferring to wire rack to cool

Throwback Thursday – Coffee Milk Cookies

One of the main things I am enjoying as I work through the McAlpins Recipe book, is the memories a lot of the recipes are bringing back.  Whilst I didn’t know the names of a lot of the treats my Nan used to bake, when I bite into some of the biscuits and cakes I have been making from her book, they take me straight back 20+ years ago to when we would spend every weekend at her place.

Honestly, I only made this recipe because I had a half full tin of condensed milk that I wanted to use up!

These cookies bought back a lot of memories which I loved, but I thought they needed a stronger coffee flavour – this may have something to do with my slight coffee addiction though.

Do you have any family recipes that bring back memories of your childhood?

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4 oz (1 teacup) self raising flour

pinch of salt

2 oz butter

1 oz castor sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1 oz walnuts

1 dessertspoon coffee essence

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees

* Sift flour and salt

* Grind or chop walnuts finely.

* Melt butter, sugar and condensed milk, add coffee and vanilla essence.

* Mix in sifted ingredients and walnuts.

* Roll mixture into small balls, place on greased tray, allowing space for spreading

* Mark the top of each cookie with a knife

* Bake for 15 – 20 minutes

Coffee Milk Cookies

Throwback Thursday – Peanut Butter Scrolls

I chose this recipe as I thought it was an odd combination of ingredients and I was curious as to how it would work. My attention was also grabbed by the ‘Economical’ comment next to the recipe heading. They turned out better than expected, and were also a hit with my two biggest critics Scott and Liam.

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Original Recipe

Original Recipe

Peanut Scrolls

6 oz (1 1/2 teacups) self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 oz butter or margarine

2 tablespoon of sugar

3 tablespoons of milk

Peanut Butter – no amount specified

2 oz raisins

  • Sift flour and salt.
  • Rub in butter and 1 dessertspoon of peanut butter.
  • Add sugar, mix into a firm dough with the milk (I found it easiest to use my hands towards the end)
  • Roll out thinly, between two sheets of baking paper into an oblong shape
  • Spread with peanut butter
Peanut Butter - yum

Peanut Butter – yum

  • Cut raisins into small pieces and sprinkle over
  • Roll up tightly, wrap in glad wrap and put in fridge or freezer until firm
My roll looked a bit dodgy

My roll looked a bit dodgy

  • Cut into thin slices
The dough should be quite firm to cut through

The dough should be quite firm to cut through

  • Place onto greased tray and bake in a moderate over for 10 – 15 minutes (I baked these for 12 minutes on 160 degrees in a fan forced oven).
Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Malted Oat, Coconut and Raisin Cookies

This recipe is from one of my favourite cook books – Donna Hay Modern Classics 2.  This is an awesome cookbook, as well as having a lot of old favourites, there are also some great new recipes too.

The original recipe is Malted Oat and Raisin biscuits, I’ve added the coconut as I think it makes everything taste better.  Feel free to leave it out if you prefer.  These are really yummy & you can also freeze the dough.

 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup castor sugar

125g butter – softened

1 egg

1/2 cup malted milk powder

1 1/4 cups plain flour

1/4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup desicated coconut

 

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees
  • Place the sugars, butter and egg into a mixer bowl and beat until pale and creamy
  • Add the milk powder, flour, bicarb soda, rolled oats, raisins and coconut and beat on low speed to combine
  • Roll large dessert spoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non stick paper, gently flatten balls (I made around 36).
  • Bake for 18 -20 minutes or until golden
  • Allow to cool on wire racks
Malted Oat, Coconut & Raisin Cookies

Malted Oat, Coconut & Raisin Cookies