Things I have been cooking lately #62: Refrigerator cookies three ways

Happy New Year! Over Christmas Paul and I decided to give some of our friends and family cookies as gifts. Since I needed to make quite a lot of cookies in quite a short period of time I decided to use one of my mom’s tricks from when I was a kid and make refrigerator cookies. Here you can make the dough in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer rolled into a log. Then when you’re ready to bake the biscuits you just slice them off and pop them in then oven. Voila, fresh baked biscuits in just a few minutes!

Basic dough

200g butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 .5 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt

For the Christmas spice cookies

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

For the strawberry and white chocolate cookies

2 tablespoons freeze dried strawberries (available in the baking section and Sainsburys and Waitrose)
150g white chocolate
Extra freeze dried strawberries for decoration

If you are going to make your cookies immediately preheat your oven to 180 C. Beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Add the flour, bicarb and salt and stir until it comes together into a smooth dough. Separate the dough in half. Stir the spices into one half of the dough. Stir the freeze dried strawberries into the other half. Roll each half of the dough into a log about 5cm in diameter. Cover in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least an hour… or freeze for up to 1 month.

Once your dough is set, slice it into 5mm slices and bake for about 7 mins on a non-stick cookie sheet, no need to grease. The cookies should be brown at the edges but still a little soft in the middle. Keep an eye on the first batch to gauge the time, every oven is different. These cookies spread quite a lot so make sure you leave them space to spread.

Leave the cookies to cool on a cooling rack. When the strawberries are cold, pop the white chocolate in the microwave to melt. 1 minute on high, stir and then one more minute on high. Drizzle the cookies with the chocolate using a teaspoon and then sprinkle over the remaining freeze dried strawberries. Leave to set.

Makes 24 of each cookie

Pinwheel cookies

250g butter
1.5 cups caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg
3 cups of flour, plus extra for rolling
A pinch of salt
1/4 cup cocoa

Beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and stir together to form a dough. Divide the dough in half and add the cocoa to one half and mix in.

Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and roll out the vanilla dough into a rectangle about 5mm thick. Then roll out the chocolate  dough into a slightly smaller rectangle. Lay the chocolate rectangle on top of the vanilla rectangle then roll up carefully into a log to create a spiral pattern.

Refrigerate for at least an oven to set. Once the dough is set, slice into 5mm slices and and bake at 180 C for about 10 minutes. The cookies should be brown at the edges but still a little soft in the middle. Keep an eye on the first batch to gauge the time, every oven is different. These cookies spread quite a lot so make sure you leave them space to spread.

Makes 36 cookies

Pinwheel cookies

Pinwheel cookies

Christmas spice cookies on the top, pinwheels on the bottom

Christmas spice cookies on the top, pinwheels on the bottom

Strawberry and white chocolate cookies

Strawberry and white chocolate cookies

9 Comments

  1. Nice post. They turned out well 🙂 I’m was just watching The Great British Bake Off too.

    1. Abbi

      That show always makes me so HUNGRY! I think I might make some more of these later today just to have around the house.

      1. I wish Kimberley, Ruby and Frances would open a bakery store together. I got into it because of my girlfriend. She’s a big fan and bakes a lot in her spare time. Sure your stuff will turn out great again.

        1. Abbi

          That would be awesome. I would totally go there!

  2. sophiebowns

    Lovely!

    1. Abbi

      Everyone seemed to really like them. I think I will do more homemade gifts next year.

      1. You could even send some this way 😉 haha jk

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