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Cookies; American – basic

The American word for what the British call sweet biscuits. They are quick and easy to make.

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


For about 40 cookies:

5 oz/150gr Butter - cut into small pieces, plus a little for greasing the baking tray/s

11 oz/330gr Plain Flour

2 rounded teaspoons (10ml) Baking Powder

a big pinch of Salt

5 oz/150gr Caster Sugar

3 oz/90gr Dark Brown Sugar

the grated rind of half a Lemon

the grated rind of 1 Orange

2 medium Eggs

2 tablespoons (30ml) Single Cream


- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.

- Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

- Add both types of sugar to the flour mixture and mix well in.

- Rub the butter pieces into the mixture with your finger tips.

- Lightly butter a baking sheet (you may need two), and set them aside.

- Lightly beaten the cream and eggs together, then stir this into the flour mixture.

- Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet/s - giving a good gap between each.

- Bake each tray in the centre of the oven for about 15 minutes - or until the biscuits are golden.

Cool and serve.

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