G’s Spot – Rustic ‘Love’ Cookies
“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all”. Harriet van Horne.
Yes.. I’m in love! Deep, untamed, uninhibited love that runs deep in my veins – and stomach for that matter.
I love everything about Food: the fragrant, irresistible smell; the amazing, original colours and the rich, overwhelming tastes.
My love for food is not only about cooking… I enjoy eating it a lot!. I love to innovate and create wild and magical combinations, but mostly I try to learn all the secrets and tricks I can when out and about. I’ve often been surprised at some of the places I’ve picked up ideas or little tips. That’s where my passion is really uplifted, because no matter how much I think I may know about food…there is always something more to learn. This is the same within my Life.
So it comes as no surprise that “the most important ingredient for any food is Love.”
This month’s recipe is a Four ingredient Sweet Pastry Dough that can satisfy all your cookie cravings. It can be split up and mixed with nuts, cocoa, chocolate chips…wherever your desire leads you. I’ve used some left over Strawberry Jam, peanut butter and plain peanut nibs for 3 satisfying combinations. You can roll this dough into a ball or roll, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for a couple of months if need be. Have a go, it’s Lovingly simple.
250g Butter; 250g Sugar (white or brown); 1 ½ Eggs; 460g Cake Flour;
Preheat oven to 180 d Celsius (remember fan assisted ovens are 20 degrees hotter!). Cream your butter and sugar together in a mixer. You can do it by hand too – just a bit more elbow grease. Add half your eggs then mix until combined. Add ¾ of your flour and mix until combined. Add the rest of your eggs, mix until combined. Then add the rest of your flour until combined.
That’s it! Now you can roll your dough into rolls and cut out cookies about ½ cm thick or thicker if you like. You can roll the dough flat (with a little flour underneath so as not to stick to the work surface) and cut out whatever shapes you want…like hearts!
In this recipe I pressed a little indentation in the middle of the cookies and added ¼ teaspoon of strawberry jam to some, peanut butter to others and a sprinkle of nuts to the rest (gently pressing the peanuts into the dough).
Onto a greased baking sheet and into the oven. 5..6..7..about 10 minutes or so. You’ll see them get slightly browned around the edges, take them out, use a spatula to slip them off the tray and allow to cool. They crisp up as they cool.
“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” Barbara Johnson