Butter and spice

A drizzly afternoon.

A houseful of children.

Tired children, after two days of kayaking.

The perfect excuse for some baking.


Butter ‘n’ spice biscuits

Take 400g of plain flour and sift it together with a teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of ginger and a teaspoon of cinnamon.


In a separate bowl cream together 200g of caster sugar and 175g of butter


Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the sugar/butter mixture and mix in well.

Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and combine well


Divide the dough up into the same number of pieces as you have children to occupy, cover with whatever covering method you favour -bowl, cling film, tea towel – and place in the fridge for about 30 mins.

I did this bit before the kayaking so I could be smugly organised for once in my life (really must try that more often)(the organised bit, rather than the making cookie dough at silly o’clock in the morning bit).

Then, whenever noise levels/fractiousness/boredom levels get too high, produce the cookie dough out of the fridge (The loud “taaaa daaaaa” is optional), hand out rolling pins and cookie cutters and let the small creatures roll and cut to their hearts content.

Place the splodges carefully cut out and arranged shapes on a lined baking tray

And bake in an oven at 180C for 8-10 minutes till pale golden in colour.

Let cool.

Then let the small creatures loose with icing and assorted doodahs to decorate the biccies to their hearts content.




The biscuits themselves are rather moreish. Buttery with just a hint of warmth from the spices.

If you can taste them through all the creativity piled on top.



We don’t have an apple tree in our garden. But we know someone who does 🙂

So I am now the proud owner of a large carrier bag full of Bramley apples.

I love apple crumble, and I love apple pie, but I was in the mood for trying something a bit different.
I wanted … cookies

Why is it that you can find just about every flavour cookie under the sun but you rarely see apple featuring?

Mmmm, moist chewy apple cookie with a hint of cinnamon spice.

‘Scuse me whilst I drool a while.

I combined sugar and butter with peeled, cored, chopped and cooked Bramley.


Added flour, bicarbonate of soda, and baking powder


Dolloped it onto a greased baking tray


Baked at gas 5 for 15 mins and got


Cow pats.


And not even nice tasting cow pats (did I really just write that?)

You know those pan scourers with sponge an one side and tough matted fibrous stuff on the other? Imagine a cold, damp, flattened one of those and you come close to the experience of eating these cookies.

On the plus side I may have just invented the first dessert to also scale and polish your teeth.

And now I know why you rarely get apple cookies.