I was looking for a cookie or biscuit recipe that my four year old could mostly cope with herself and I knew that rolling out dough and using cutters would need too much input and help from me. Whilst looking for a recipe (Hello Pinterest!), I came across several different versions of so-called ‘fridge cookies’. Ah yes, I remembered cutting discs from chilled logs of dough as a child – anyone for checkerboard biscuits? Perfect for tiny hands. As my ‘big’ little girl is starting school in September, I am trying to make the most of our now counted days of weekday freedom. I really will miss all our mornings of pottering, crafting and baking.
Oaty fridge cookies
150g soft butter
150g brown sugar
5 drops orange essence
2 medium eggs
200g rolled oats
150g ground almonds
1teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Whisk the butter and sugar until creamy. Add orange essence and one egg at a time.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gradually work the dry and wet ingredients together until a dough forms.
3. Split the dough into two and roll each half into a sausage shape about 30cm long. Wrap in baking parchment and refrigerate for at least an hour or two.
4. When you are ready to bake, roll each dough sausage in some coarse sugar (Demerara is good), before cutting each sausage into half centimetre thick disks.
5. Place the cookies on a lined tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C (160 if using a fan oven) for about 12 to 14 minutes.