On New Years Day Baby Boy and I were sitting on the sofa (just after 6am) together talking about what he wanted to have for breakfast. We had put away all of our Christmas Decorations over the previous couple of days and yet somehow he had managed to find a small paper bag which was designed for Christmas Cookies to be given as a gift in. The front of the bag was decorated with a Gingerbread man and Baby Boy decided that he would really like a Gingerbread man for breakfast. We didn't have any Gingerbread over Christmas and so I agreed that we could make some (as I had all the ingredients) and I could clean up the kitchen whilst Baby Boy was mixing and decorating. I started doing the dishes whilst Baby Boy played submarine with the washing machine door and ate a fruit salad and then I started looking for my Gingerbread men cutters.
I couldn't find them anywhere and so apologised to Baby Boy and told him that rather than having a Gingerbread family we could make some biscuits or cookies it was up to him which. Baby Boy decided that we would make both and so at 7am we started making them both. The cookies came out so well I thought I would share the recipe with you!
Baby Boy's New Years Day Cookies
100g (4oz) Brown Sugar (make sure it is sifted
75g (2oz) Granulated Sugar
40g (1.5oz) Butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
175g (6oz) Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
225g (8oz) Mini Smarties (or M&M's or mini hard shelled chocolates)
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 (350oF or 180oc) mix together the two sugars, the butter and the Vanilla and the egg. Once they are mixed add the flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate.
Put a heaped teaspoon of the mixture on to a baking tray and then bake for ten minutes. When they come out of the oven they will be soft, so let them cool for a few minutes before you move them on to a wire rack. They will keep nicely in an air tight tin for a week... if they last that long!