Thursday, 23 January 2014

Baking and Books, well Double choc chip oatmeal cookies

So each week for work I bake some goodies and thought why not share it with you all, the recipe's come from  my mum's giant old cook book she's had for 50 years, as well as tell you about the books I've read this week, but I'll do that tomorrow, maybe.

This week I've made Double choc chip oatmeal cookies

The ingredients you'll need for a single batch are below, I normally double up and make loads, as you can see in the picture above!


  • 4oz Sugar,
  • 4oz Marg / Butter
  • Tablespoon Golden syrup,
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of Soda
  • 4oz self raising flour
  • 4oz oats
  • 100g milk choc chips
  • 100g white choc chips

The steps to make this are:


  1. Melt the marg or butter with the sugar and syrup over a low heat.  And yes, stir it until its melted or it'll burn.
  2. Take it off the heat and mix in the flour, then the bicarb before mixing in the oats.  Why the oats last?  As they're a pain in the backside to mix, I've snapped one of my mum's wooden spoons doing it before (I blamed someone else of course)
  3. Leave for about 45 mins to cool.  Why do you do this?  So the choc chips don't melt, trust me, I've made this mistake.
  4. Once it's cool to the finger, mix in the choc chips.
  5. Heat the oven to gas mark 4, no idea what the temp is, 200C maybe?  The tray I use has a silicon liner, why is this important?  So they don't stick and are easy to get off.  I've tried other things like baking paper but it's pretty crap.
  6. Roll small balls of dough about the size of a ping pong ball, bigger for bigger cookies, smaller for smaller ones, obviously.
  7. Cook for about 10 minutes.  About?  Yes, about, each oven is different, and after the oven's been doing a few batches they can be done a little less.
  8. Once done, leave the tray on the side for 5 minutes.  If you don't leave them and try to take them off the tray straight away you'll fail as they'll still be too gooey.
  9. Once you've waited, move them onto a wire rack to cool.
  10. Repeat this until you've run out of dough.
  11. Eat them.
  12. Curse your weakness for failing your new years diet.
Why should you care about cooking?  Because cookies are amazing, and they're easy to make.  Plus, if you ask us nicely at most convention's we'll have a stash of cookies to help us through the day, often not eating real food but full of sugar and caffeine.  Plus, nothing goes better with a book than a cuppa and a cookie, or a quick snack during a game of Fifa or Mario Kart.  Talking of which I can't wait for the new one to come out on the Wii U (when it does I hope Robbie buys one, I know I can't afford it!).

Next week I'll either cook Chocolate flapjack or fudge shortbread cookies, if you have any preference, let us know.