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Recipe : Everyone’s Favourite Cookies

If it was physically measurable, research would probably reveal that I have the biggest sweet tooth in existence.

Dessert is my favourite part of any meal. I immediately check out the dessert section of a menu when dining out. Simple sugar cookies are my all time favourite, blame it on growing up watching too many cartoons! The best part is, you can use this basic recipe and tweak it to make such a huge variety of cookies. You can add desiccated coconut to give them a different flavour, or decorate them with glace icing for special occasions. You can have your little one dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkle vermicelli. The list is endless. Join me in conjuring up your version of these tasty cookies with this simple recipe.


What do we need?

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • Fine salt
  • 1 stick of Blue Band (about 10 tablespoons)
  • 1 ¼  cup light brown sugar (or castor sugar for a smoother texture)
  • 2 large eggs (kienyeji are healthier and tastier)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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First things first:

As usual, first preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Use a stand mixer if you have one, though I still use the old school mwiko 🙂 I need an upgrade, anyone?

Add the eggs, one at a time, and incorporate. Add the vanilla.

Add the flour mixture and beat until everything has incorporated. Finally, at this point you can stir in a few raisins with cinnamon or add in some white chocolate chips. This last step is optional.


Now to the serious part:

Scoop 12 heaping tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto two greased baking tins. and flatten each heap.

Put the tins into the oven and bake the dough for 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove and let them cool for a few minutes. Transfer from the baking tin to a serving platter to cool completely. Serve with a glass of cold milk, if you please. *munches away*

Once you are done making cookies, try this mandazi dessert recipe to wow your family and your guests.

Why not try making some of these simple desserts and share your results with us? Post your outcomes in the comments below or in our community discussion of like-minded Mothers.