My mum’s cookies

When I was a child my mum made what she called cookies; they were delicous, and even when a few dales old still tasty. These were, I later found out, actually melting moments; now bakers and supermarkets and discrete shops sell cookies, which  softer and squidgy, rather like my mum’s cookies!

Here is the recipe she used… we have guests coming to stay, maybe I should make some!

  • 2½ oz margarine
  • 1½ oz lard
  • 3 oz caster sugar
  • ½ medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 5 oz self-raising flour
  • oats or desiccated coconut
  • glacé cherries, cut in small pieces
  1. Cream the margarine, lard and the sugar until very light and fluffy
  2. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence
  3. Stir in the flour and mix well
  4. Roll walnut sized pieces of the mixture into balls with slightly dampened hands, and cover with oats or desiccated coconut
  5. Place on 2 greased baking trays, flatten slightly, and put a small bit of cherry on each
  6.  Bake for 10-15 minutes at  180ºC, 350ºF, gas mark 4


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