A small army at least.
But I’ve no idea who Dan is.
Okay, it was a terrible play on words. Shall we move on?
So, remember when I made my own toffee chunk ice-cream? Well, I had (and still have) plenty of the toffee left so decided to put some to use in a batch of cookies.
The basic recipe is a tried and tested favourite that produces soft, ever-so-slightly chewy cookies. None of that brittle nonsense.
Adding the toffee gave an extra dimension of gooey loveliness – the chunks melt in the dough as it’s cooked and ooze with wanton abandon. Plus, using brown sugar helps to enhance the caramel flavours.
However, as yummy as these cookies are, I didn’t want to bake an entire batch (that should yield approx 18) at once. So I decided to investigate the ‘frozen cookie sausage’.
I’ve heard of loads of people freezing cookie dough (in fact you’re probably thinking I’m very late to this sausage party…) But the truth is, I’ve never done it.
Well, I shall be in future, that’s for sure! Once I’d roll the dough into the desired shape, I wrapped it in parchment, then foil, before placing in the freezer (where it will keep for a month).
Each time we wanted a small batch, I simply sliced off pieces about 1cm thick, squished them into a ball and baked as normal.
And guess what… Something magical happens inside the freezer. The dough grows! I swear it must have done as we finished up with 30 decent sized cookies in total. Win, win situation!
So if you’re not freezing your dough, do it and always have something on hand to feed little mouths, big mouths, armies and who ever else might pop round!
Do you have any time-saving culinary tricks you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments! 😊
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 125g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 100g soft brown sugar (light or dark)
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 1 tsp salt
- 100g plain toffee (chopped)
- 100g dark chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugar, then add the beaten egg and salt. Sift in flour and fold in to mix. Add any additional flavours.
Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on a lined baking tray. If freezing, roll into an elongated sausage, wrap tightly in parchment paper, then again in foil. Simply slice off required number of cookies before baking as normal (1cm thick).
Bake at Gas Mark 4 (180C / 350F) for 7-15 mins (longer for a firmer cookie). Cool in tray for five minutes then turn onto wire rack.
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