Friday, 7 October 2011

4th Friern Barnet Guides do... Random Bakes of Kindness (part 2)


So here we are again... part 2 of our ongoing series of Random Bakes of Kindess. Inspired by Vanessa Kimbell's idea earlier this year, Fourth Friern Barnet Guides will be baking, and blogging a bake each week for someone who has touched their life in some way; be it big, or small.

Today's bake was chosen and made by Maria (see below) and she gave it to Jade one of our other Guides. No words were exchanged at the giving, but these two are inseparable, lovely girls. Look at the pride here!

Maria chose to make Mocha vanilla latte cookies that she cut out into star shapes - what you can't see here is that she made small stars, and big stars too, some were vanilla, others coffee

1 sachet instant latte
1.5 tsp hot water
225g softened butter (again, Stork)

140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk lightly beaten
250g plain flour
1tsp vanilla extract
3tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees/ Gas mark 5
Make the instant latte powder into a paste with hot water in a little bowl
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk.
Divide the mixture in half, beat the latte into one half, and add half the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until combined
Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge (allegedly for 30-60 minutes, but we popped it in the freezer for half an hour - we only meet for 2 hours and need to clear up too!)
Beat the vanilla extract into the other half of the mixture, then add the rest of the flour and the cocoa powder and salt
Stir until combined and again shape the dough into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill.
Unwrap both flavours of dough, roll out and cut out cookies.
Bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.

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