30 minute cookies

30 minute cookies


These cookies are the ultimate in speedy baking – you can make them from scratch in half an hour, perfect for hungry hoardes! You can have the mixture prepared in ten minutes, bake for 15, cool for 5, and you have gorgeous soft baked cookies, still with melted chocolate chunks in them.


The best thing is that you can adapt these to suit any flavour you want. Simply add a different combination of flavours: chocolate, zest, dried fruit, cocoa powder or anything you fancy! Milk chocolate and raisins also works well, as does chocolate and pecan.


30 minute cookies

For the basic cookie dough:


80g caster sugar135g softened butter

80g soft brown sugar

1 egg

190g self-raising flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Chocolate chunk cookies:

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

100g white milk or dark chocolate, chopped into chunks


Chocolate orange cookies:

Zest of ½ an orange

30g of cocoa powder, instead of 30g of the flour

60g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks

White chocolate and cranberry cookies:

½ tsp cinnamon

60g dried cranberries

60g white chocolate, chopped into chunks

2 baking trays, greased and lined with baking paper.

  1.  For the basic dough, put the butter and sugars in a bowl and beat until combined. Add the egg and stir well.
  2. Add the flour and bicarbonate and mix into a dough (not forgetting to substitute 30g of flour for 30g of cocoa if making chocolate cookies).
  3. Next add your extra ingredients, chocolate chips, orange zest or vanilla, and stir in.
  4. Divide the dough into 12, and roll into balls, then place on your baking trays, spread well apart.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until just starting to brown at the edges. The middle will still be soft, but don’t worry because they will firm up as they cool.
  6. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before taking off the baking paper and eating!


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