Friday, 19 April 2013

Cranberry Yogurt Cookies

Up until about 19 I hated dairy. Milk, butter, cheese- everything. I know, strange strange child. Now I can’t get enough of the stuff, especially cheese. But my other ‘can’t get enough’ is yogurt. My dad grew concerned about my bones like any parent would, and so at one stage forced me to eat a yogurt after every lunch.

Of course I kicked and screamed ‘My rights!’ ‘My rights!’ but turns out I actually rather liked the stuff. Ok more than like it, as my whole fridge is crammed with yogurts.
And this is how the yogurt cookie was born. I wanted to bake cookies, but had no chocolate, no nuts, not fruit, nothing for the flavour. And that’s when staring aimlessly in the fridge caused the light bulb to glow. Would yogurt work?

This is no from no recipe, it’s completely my own creation. In fact when I started to make these, I had no idea if they would work. But I am glad I did, as they do. They so do. They’re very creamy and moist, and nearly all gone from my fridge!

To make 20 cookies you will need:
  • 225g Sugar
  • 125g Unsalted butter
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 large egg
  • Pinch Salt
  • 125g Strawberry Yogurt
  • 150g Dried Cranberries

First cream together the butter and sugar, until fully combined, and smooth.

Next, add the egg a bit at a time, again stirring until fully combined.

Sieve the flour, the salt and the baking powder into the mixture and combine.

Then pour in the yogurt. I used Activia, but this was purely out of what was in my fridge.

Once the yogurt has become fully integrated into the dough, add the cranberries.

The dough will be wetter than a typical cookie dough, as these cookies as ‘drop cookies’ meaning  that instead of rolling these into balls by hand, simply drop the mixture onto a greased baking tray. Make the cookies out of 2 heaped teaspoons. You will need more than one tray for the amount it makes.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 5 for 16 minutes.

Once cooked, remove from tray and allow to cool. I then cut my cookies out using a cookie cutter to make them prettier, but feel free to just get stuck in. 

I honestly have no idea why I hated diary as a child, what was I thinking? No cream teas, no jelly and ice-cream, no milkshakes... I think I better go have another cookie, you know, to make sure I defiantly do like diary....

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