A few of the girls came over during the week and I was having a major sugar craving so I decided to make cookies – always a good go-to bake. However, it was the first time I had attempted baking in my new house and with all the moving and diy, I had no idea where half my ingredients were, and my scales had no battery – so it should have been a complete disaster! Luckily, instead I think I discovered something yummy!
I had no chocolate so I was just going for a plain cookie and was going to substitute some of the flour with cocoa – couldn’t find the cocoa so I used Wispa hot chocolate drink (you have to try this!). I couldn’t use the scales and had to ‘guestimate’ the measures which is a huge no-no in baking, so I just made sure that I had enough butter in the mix because butter makes everything taste good! I needed 2 tsp of vanilla extract – I couldn’t find the vanilla extract anywhere! This is where the cookies were nearly abandoned but I had already creamed the butter and sugar and my friend’s faces looked so disappointed so I thought I’d try be a bit innovative…queue the discovery of almond extract!
I cannot even remember the last time I used this little hero so I thought I’d be conservative and add only 1tsp. The mix was a bit dry as a result so I added 1tsp of milk (still not sure why), and low and behold a cookie triumph was born (well baked!). This cookie tasted so good the tray was gone in minutes – it was the kind of tasting were you break off a little bit and before you know it the entire tray is empty! I still adore vanilla extract but I think I’ll be adding almond into a lot more of my bakes from now on…maybe not the milk though!
- 250g of butter
- 140g of caster sugar (the cookies dried quite hard so I’m going to ease up of the sugar next time round)
- 1 egg yolk
- 250g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder (or Wispa hot chocolate drink!)
- 1tsp almond extract
- 1tsp milk (although I’ll replace this with vanilla extract next time – I’m excited to see how the two flavours will mix!)