This is a recipe that I’ve adapted slightly from a my The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cook Book, which was bought as a gift when I first left home 25 years ago! It’s a  great reference book: if I’m unsure about the ingredients or balance of ingredients its pretty much always got a basic recipe for it.

The basic cookie recipe is the same for all types of cookies, and I suppose you could just make them plain (not that I ever have);  then you just add your favourite flavour combinations, I’ve added the three that I make most, but please feel free to make up your own!

Basic Cookie Recipe (same for all varieties) makes about 20

  • 75g soft unsalted butter
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 175g self raising flour
  • Pinch salt


  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in vanilla and egg until fully combined.
  3. Sift in flour and salt and combine.
  4. Add your favourite flavourings and mix well.
  5. Make into about 20 golf ball sized portions and pop on a couple of baking trays.  They will spread when they get warm, so allow plenty of room.
  6. Cook for 12-15 minutes at 180°c.
  7. Allow to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 basic cookie dough mix
  • 100g of chocolate chips


Choc Chip and Walnut Cookies

  • 1 Basic cookie dough mix
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 100g chocolate chips


White Choc Chip and Sour Cherry Cookies

  • 1 Portion of cookie dough mix
  • 50g dried sour cherry (or cranberries) chopped
  • 100g white chocolate chips
white choc chip
White Choc Chip and Sour Cherry Cookies

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