As I think I have mentioned, I started a new job last week although I had been doing parts of the new role for a couple of weeks before I officially started. As a Product Owner, which is what they call me now, I work with a team of developers who undertake the work for the project I am developing. It’s a very collaborate type of working and part of what I have to do is ensure that they buy into what I want to do and actually want to commit to the work. We do loads of sessions called “backlogs” where we look at all the things we have to build and make sure that everyone is on the same page. Backlogs are very interesting but they can be really intense so to keeps things flowing along to and to show my team how much I appreciate them I have started bringing home baked treats including these spicy cookies that have become known as “backlog biscuits”. I must pre-warn you that they are rather moreish so if you’re keeping your eye on your diet like I am it can be hard to stop after just one!
225g butter at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
A pinch of cloves
1/8 of a freshly grated nutmeg
A pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 180 C and line two large cookie sheets with greaseproof paper.
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and spices.
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture to form a stiff dough.
Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and arrange them on the cookie sheets with some space for spreading. Press down gently with a fork to flatten.
Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 36 cookies – 78 calories per cookie