Saturday, 27 August 2011

vanilla honey cookies

I get very excited when it comes to food; and I mean food in all shapes, forms and sizes. Going to the new Costco in Auburn was an absolute ball; all your everyday foods in not so common sizes! I spent a good couple of hours in there going down each aisle, bumped into quite a few people whilst I was at (so yes there are people just as crazy as me) and I really think it is the rage that everyone's been talking about - makes an average day at the supermarket all that bit better!

Here's a rather happy snap of me and my 1.5kg block of unsalted butter. 

 Everyone's trolley had a bag of Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups so I packed one into mine. Otherwise, time to stock up on some of my usual baking ingredients. Should last me a good while!

So coming back from Costco, I had a bit more inspiration to bake (it's been a little quiet on the baking front I have to admit) and my eyes went to the Vanilla Honey Cookie recipe in 'The Golden Book of Cookies' which mum picked up for me near her work one day. (I love mum - she knows exactly what I like!) Hopefully here's to more baking as life does seem rather flat when I don't bake.

In a large bowl, combine 350g plain flour, 100g caster sugar, 1 large egg, 90g softened unsalted butter, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract and salt to form a smooth dough.  Press the dough in a disk, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line baking trays. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick. Use a knife to cut out squares. Brush with a little milk.

Bake until just golden at the edges, approx. 10-15 minutes. I know I really should bake cookies one tray at a time but I never to do it. I just accept the fact that the bottom tray will cook a bit quicker and brown faster so keep an eye out on them and swap the trays or pull them out earlier if required.

Transfer to racks to cool.

I couldn't pinpoint what these cookies tasted like! They're only very subtle in flavour, at one point it reminded me of those Mexican milk buns with the crunchy top which you find at Chinese bakeries. My mum had a taste and said it reminded her of a flat scone. Either way, these cookies taste more like bread/scones than it does a cookie. I guess you could call it a bread scone but cookie portioned? They were addictive to nibble on nonetheless. Anyway, I did buy myself about 10kg of flour from Costco so will be busy baking and baking away!


Vivian - vxdollface said...

I still need to go check out Costco! hehe buttttttter

missklicious said...

Haha the butter pic is so cute!

betty said...

i LUURVE costco