Celebration cookies

Are you ever too old for cookies and milk? Serious question...

Every now and then all I want is a cookie, but I'm not talking bog standard shop bought, they have to be not long out of the oven so they are still warm but have started to firm up around the edges. Even better if they have some form of chocolate in them so the centre stays gooey. Can't beat it really can you?

Now that I'm on maternity leave and waiting for the little one to arrive, I've made it my mission to perfect my cookie recipe. No word of a lie... this has taken 13 scrapped batches to perfect the base before I even got onto the chocolaty goodness I topped them with. 

One thing that you need to be aware of is that this mixture is done when it looks like the picture, form it in your hands and try not to over handle it.

This time of year is perfect as selection boxes and miniatures mean you can have a whole host of cookie variations all in the same batch. I like to chop the chocolate into small pieces before putting on top of the shaped cookies rather than mixing it through. I've got to admit, celebrations are my favourite. I mean think about it, milky way, galaxy, snickers and mars all make perfect cookies... but that is just MY opinion!
INGREDIENTS - makes 18 
125g margarine
125g brown sugar
1tsp vanilla
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Selection of chocolates to top

1. Preheat the oven to 180oc and line your baking trays with grease proof paper
2. Cream together the margarine and sugar until it looks like a paste
3. Add the flour, vanilla and baking powder to the creamed mixture and stir through until it starts to clump together
4. Spoon a table spoon of the mixture into your hand and roll into a ball before pressing onto your prepared baking trays
5. Repeat step 4 until all the mixture has been used
6. Chop up your chocolate and place on top of the shaped cookies
7. Bake for 12 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray for a further five minutes if you can

Serve with a glass of ice cold milk and enjoy : ) x