Cake are quite emotional things, there’s always an occasion for cake, big or small. Birthdays, weddings, christenings are the usual fayre here at Buns HQ, followed by the odd divorce cake, one funeral cake and a vasectomy celebration cake for a surprise party for the recipient (straight out of surgery!)
Sometimes you might want to bake with the children to feel that warm made-at-home glow and that nurturing mother hen supervision clucking about the place. In reality it’s a messy, batter flinging experience that leaves you bereft of a calm and placid demeanour with the added pain of a whopping clear up job (if your children are young like mine – particularly one, naming no names..)
During a half term and holidays it can be a trick to keep small folks occupied and not digging up the lawn, throwing things in the pond, tipping cupboard contents out, drawing on walls (believe me the 3 year old is BUSY!) we also have the addition of ‘The Monster’ at some point. . .PMT by another name and a most unwelcome guest. This rampaging guest once a month tiptoes through the calendar, inert at times; blowing dandelion clocks and other features of whimsy, and then wakes up one day with hob nailed boots on, smashing joy and delivering misery in a large dose.
For example, oh let’s say we’re returning from a lovely green and leafy wedding photo shoot in the middle of the beautiful North Norfolk countryside and decide to detour on the way home to a nearby a nearby craft centre. It is a ‘Monster’ day – so far she’s calm… The One Who Shall Not Be Named (the small one) fixes his gaze upon the many items available and decides to fling, with aplomb, the lovely swirly stand that hold hundreds of colourful tapestry silks. A rainbow of cottony colours filled the air briefly then dashed to the floor. ‘Monster’ kept calm but boy did we shift out of there once in high gear after clearing up and apologies were undertaken by one small sheepish person.
Driving home. Monster awake. Not good. Short sentences.
My only thought.
And PMT Cookie came into this world at about 2.30pm that day.
Giant PMT Cookie
This is how it shakes down people, and if you don’t want the guilt factor of one GIANT one… serves 36 for those regular friendly days with friends and the wee ones..
15 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook The Big One, or until golden
or 15 minutes to prepare and 14 minutes to cook for smaller cookies in batches of 8 per tray
Freezable (forward planning for next month…)
- Servings: – 36 small dudes or a GIANT Mother Lover of a Cookie! (or 3 biggies!)
- 1 cup (2 Sticks) 225g Unsalted Butter Softened
- 3/4 cups Golden Brown Sugar
- 3/4 cups Sugar
- 2 whole Eggs
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 1-1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup (rounded) Horlicks
- 175g bag Milk Chocolate Chips
Preheat the oven to 175°C.
Start with creaming the calories, beat the butter, white & brown sugar until smooth. This will help with legally punishing something…
De-stress by whisking the egg then splosh in the vanillla extract with a dash of Devil-may-care-attitude.
Combine the flour and Horlicks separately from the mixture. (other malted drinks may be available)
Stir into the creamed mixture and then fold in the chocolate chips. ‘One for me, one for the bowl’…
Now here’s cheeky for you – either use the PMT baking method or skip to regular normal function folks aka the regular method below:
PMT method: Drop the mixture onto a baking sheet, slap it around and smear it about until it’s at the edges, you don’t want to miss out on these calories!
Cook for 15-20 minutes in preheated oven then remove from the oven and allow the Giant Cookie to chill.
I know you want to Cookie Monster it right about now but patience is a virtue, don’t sulk – you will burn yourself. I selflessly blistered the roof of my mouth with molten chocolate drops just for you.
FEED Cookieee Monster
Nom Nom Nommm
N.B: This the size of 1/3 of the mixture and it’s a whole baking tray size
( 14″ x 11″ or 36cm x 28cm)
Or the regular method from here on in:
Using two teaspoons drop the mixture onto a baking sheet and press down slightly to flatten.
Place on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Isn’t that nice.
Cook for 10-14 minutes in preheated oven.
Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.