Pirate cookies

Pirate cookies

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From
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Makes
24
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MRS: We call these pirate cookies as the freckles look like colourful treasure. They are seriously easy, though because they are so simple it’s worth hunting out good-quality flour and butter to use here as you will notice the difference (and try not to use flour that has been sitting in the cupboard for the past year untouched). You could substitute the freckles for any other sweets (candy) that can withstand the baking time, and if you don’t have coconut flour to hand, just add the same quantity of plain flour instead.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
180g unsalted butter, at room temperature
165g raw (demerara) sugar
1 free-range egg
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
225g plain (all-purpose) flour
35g coconut flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
24 chocolate freckles, to decorate

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

    Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla paste and continue to beat until light and fluffy, then stir in the flours and baking powder with a wooden spoon, adding a little at a time, to form a dough (it will be quite a dry one, so you’ll need some muscle power to stir everything together!).

    Scoop out a teaspoonful of the cookie dough and roll it into a ball, then place it on one of the prepared baking trays. Place a freckle on the top of the ball and press down to flatten it slightly. Repeat with the remaining dough and freckles, leaving 5 cm (2 in) space in between each to allow room for the cookies to spread.

    Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack before eating. Keep stored in an airtight container for up to 5–7 days.

TIP

  • I usually only cook half of the dough when I make these; the remainder of the dough I push into a sausage shape and roll well in baking paper, then put in the freezer. When I need more cookies, I slice them off the roll with a hot knife and bake from frozen. Just add the freckle once the dough has started to soften in the oven.
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