American Style Cookies – better than shop-bought :-)

11 Mar

Mmmmm, the smell of  freshly-baked cookies comes wafting across the aisles in the bigger supermarkets. Such a warm, enticing smell. “Buy me!” it says. And so you do because they are gorgeous and gooey and not madly expensive.

So what if I tell you that they are easy to make and cheaper than the shop-bought variety? So quick and simple they can be on the table half an hour after you thought of making them. And not only that but this basic recipe lends itself to endless varieties. Choc chip and cherry? Banana chips and berries? Dark choc chip and hazelnut? See, I knew you’d be interested.


 220 g butter, softened
17 0 g dark brown soft sugar
220 g self-raising flour
1 egg
A total of 100 g of any combination of the following: dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chopped glace cherries, chopped hazelnuts, pecan nuts, pistachio nuts, dried cranberries, dried banana chips, chopped dried apricots….and so on!


  1. Heat the oven to 19- C and line three trays with non-stick baking parchment or reusable silicone liners.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together then add the egg and beat until smooth.
  3. Fold in the flour.
  4. Now add your choc chips/nuts/fruit/whatever and fold in.
  5. Place tablespoon-sized blobs on the trays, spaced well apart. The mixture spreads like crazy when baked and the cookies grow!
  6. Pop into the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them. You want them to be golden brown not too dark.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack. They will feel squidgy to the touch when you remove them but will firm up as they cool. After about five minutes remove cookies from trays with a fish slice and let them continue cooling on the wire rack.

American Style Cookies

Delicious! And couldn’t be easier.

American Style Cookies


4 Responses to “American Style Cookies – better than shop-bought :-)”

  1. Jenny Lewis March 12, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Delicious! Perfect flavour, perfect texture. My only problem was not being able to clear the platter. Did my best though 😉

    • Edyth Miles March 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Thank you for doing your best, haha!

  2. Jereme's Kitchen March 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    home-made is always better than store bought!!!!

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