Last week Tracy asked me why I call myself Dottycookie when my name is neither Dotty nor Cookie (odd, that!)
These are Dottycookies:
They are basic shortbread biscuits nicked from Nigella, with Smarties stuck into the top. They are based on a biscuit we have when we go for tea at a local farmshop, which is a favourite of my two little ones.
I've been busy baking this afternoon for the fete tomorrow. I made a double batch of these cookies, 2 dozen scones, a cherry madeira cake and four loaves of bread. Oh, and roasted a shoulder of pork for dinner, and made a cherry trifle ready for Father's Day. Elsie was off at a party and Millie helped me stone the cherries and knead the bread.
Anyway, here's the cookie recipe:
100g soft unsalted butter
50g icing sugar
100g plain flour
Cream butter and sugar, then mix in flour and a pinch of salt. You can do this in a food processor. Remove and knead to form a soft dough. Form into a cylinder and wrap in cling film, then put in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 160C.
When dough feel firm, slice into biscuits. Press Smarties into the top - the dough may crack but push it back together, and the cracks heal as they cook.
Bake 20-30 minutes until slightly browning on the edges - they're still soft but they crisp up as they cool.