All purpose cookie recipe and WIN a baking hamper from Baking Mad

All purpose chocolate cookies

Now, as you know, I love baking and I know a lot of you do, too, so I have teamed up with Baking Mad to offer you a delicious recipe and a fantastic prize.

This is a really great recipe to have to hand. I called them all purpose cookies as this is really your basic recipe and you can adapt it to incorporate pretty much any flavours you like, and you’ll find some notes on this below. I used the lovely ingredients from the baking hamper offered as a prize to make them.

You know, when you have a hankering for some freshly baked cookies, the dough can be made in under 10 minutes from start to finish. If you’re really organised, you can make the dough and freeze it into balls, meaning you can bake your cookies from frozen.

Baking Mad have a whole host of delicious recipes on their website (take a look here) and are offering TWO hampers packed full of lovely baking ingredients delivered to your door (pictured).

Baking Mad Premium Hamper photo

To enter, simply follow The Hungry Student on Twitter @hungrystudentbk, then hop on over to the Facebook page, Like, and leave a comment with your Twitter name. You will need to follow on Twitter and Like on Facebook to stand a chance of winning. The closing date is midnight on 3rd October 2014 two winners will be chosen at random and notified. Baking Mad will send the prize directly out to the winners.

All purpose cookie recipe

Makes around 16-18 cookies


125g dark brown soft sugar
125g caster sugar
115g soft butter
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract – I used Nielsen-Massey
Pinch salt
265g self raising flour
200g bits – for the cookies photographed, I used 75g 70% dark chocolate and 75g white chocolate (see notes below)


Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas Mark 5

Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Set aside.

Place the sugars and butter into a bowl and beat together until smooth and creamy.

Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and stir well. Sift in the flour, add the salt and stir well to form a stiff dough.

Roll into balls, place well spread out on the baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until crisp on the outside and soft in the centre. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes on the trays, before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

How to customize your cookies

• For chocolate cookies, substitute 45g of flour for cocoa powder
• Add 200g of bits, and this can be pretty much anything you like – dried fruit, nuts, sweets and so in. If you’re adding chocolate, don’t go over 150g as the cookies won’t hold together containing so much melted chocolate.