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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Soft Blueberry Cookies

I am very partial to blueberries and to a good blueberry muffin washed down with a glass of cold milk and I am in heaven.  I have a few blueberries in the fridge so was rather chuffed to find this recipe by chance for blueberry cookies in some of my clipped magazine articles.  Unfortunately I do not know which publication this came from.   This is the type of recipe where I will certainly make double the quantity or make a couple of double-double batches in future so have some to eat and put the second batch of the dough to bring out in case of unexpected visitors.

Ingredients

75g unsalted butter softened plus extra for greasing
75g unrefined golden caster sugar
75g unrefined light muscovado sugar
1/2 teaspoon of proper vanilla extract
1 large egg lightly beaten
175g self-raising flour sifted
Grated zest of 1 small lemon
125g fresh blueberries

Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C/Fan oven 160 degrees C or Gas Mark 4 and grease two large non stick baking sheets.
  2. Put the butter and the sugars into a large bowl and using an electric or hand whisk cream together the butter and sugar until it goes pale and fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla essence with the egg gradually.
  3. In a small bowl mix the self raising flour with the lemon zest with a pinch of salt.  Add to the creamed mixture and mix to a dough.
  4. Place tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the greased baking sheet spaced evenly apart, shaping each dollop into a round then push some blueberries into each cookie.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden.  Remove from the oven let them set for a couple of minutes then remove and put onto a wire cooling rack to cool.  Store in an airtight container.
Verdict: absolutely scrummy
Apparently we should all eat more blueberries as they are good for us full of antioxidants useful in the fight of damaging free radicals  full of vitamins A C and E as well as calcium iron and phosphorous.  Benefits are supposed to range for strengthening the eyes, easing arthrititis to giving your immune system an all round boost.

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