The basic cookie

I used to have a basic cookie recipe and then I lost the piece of paper it was written on the last time I moved.  What I also remember about it was that it was a lot of faff (two different types of sugar) etc. Back in August I made these cookies. They were really good and I’ve made them quite a bit since.

They are really easy to put together and taste lovely. Chocolate and cherries = equals best taste combination in the world. I’ve made them with the godchildren too..

I’ve made some adaptions to them. Mainly the method. Butter in my house is never soft enough to cream and I’m a lazy baker and if I can make a recipe one bowl I will. If you don’t like cherries (and you are missing out if you don’t, you can put something else in them, I reckon chopped up dried apricots would work well. The ones in the pictures are peanut butter and chocolate chips but just put a cup of whatever you fancy in them.


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 egg

4oz melted butter

1 cup of whatever you want to add.


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Blend the butter and sugar together.
  4.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to mix.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the bowl and blend it all together.
  6. Stir in your chocolate/cherries/raisins/apricots (whatever you’re using).
  7. Drop a tablespoon of dough on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until puffy and golden.

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