Sunday, 5 October 2014

FUEL FOR THOUGHT: Home-Made Spelt Smartie Cookies

Ever baked cookies and found they are not the soft, chewy type you crave? Many of times I have baked cookies that have come out of the oven borderline biscuit with just a snap to break it and a very crunchy texture.

Now though, I feel I have nailed the perfect cookie and this one is wheat free! For this recipe I have opted to use white spelt flour which does not alter the taste or texture of the cookie at all. With about 15 minutes prep time and a bake time of roughly 10 minutes, this is a super snappy recipe that can be whipped up in no time at all. 
135g Unsalted Butter
80g Caster Sugar
80g Light Brown Sugar
1 Egg
0.5 tsp Vanilla Essence
190g White Spelt Flour
0.5 tsp salt
0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
150g Nestle Smarties

Grease and line two baking trays with baking parchment.

The recipe itself is so simple I don't really need to list step-by-step instructions. Firstly, cream together the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy (opt to use an electric whisk). Secondly, add the egg with vanilla essence and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon. 

Next, sieve in the spelt flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Fold in all the ingredients together until a gooey raw cookie mixture has formed. Then, add the colour and pour in the Smarties!
Once all the ingredients are mixed together, spoon tablespoon sized amounts onto the two baking trays. 

When placing the cookies in the oven, make sure you make a note of the time. Whilst traditional cookie recipes recommend around 15 minutes to bake, to get that all important chewy effect you need to remove the cookies from the oven as soon as they have a slight brown finish to them. At five minutes, check the cookies and then at 10 check again. This is when mine had achieved a light brown finish and I decided to remove from the oven at this point.

Leave on the trays to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack.

Once cooled, make a brew and put your feet up with a sweet afternoon treat. Careful though. Once you have one you want the whole batch!

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