A Day in the Life of a Cookie

10.30 am: Overheard at my conception:

“Mummy, where do Sticky Toffee cookies come from?”

“Well, this one needs 140g of dates … that’s right, take the stones out. Put them in a saucepan. Not the stones … the dates, sweetie. Now add 2 tablespoons of water. Hmm, you spilt a bit. Add another tablespoon, then. And 2 tablespoons of golden syrup. Yes, I know it’s sticky. No! Don’t lick … oh, go and wash your hands again.

Don’t touch the saucepan now, sweetie. It’s hot – I boiled the dates and look, they’re all mulchy now. Let’s finish them off in the food processor. Okay, you can stir in a teaspoon of grated orange zest and 1/4 teaspoon (not heaped … knock a bit off) of bicarbonate of soda now. No! You can’t lick the spoon! Can you help me scrape this all out into a mixing bowl?

That’s it – tap the sieve. No, it’s not sugar – we’re sieving 225g of plain flour into the bowl. We’ll add 165g of castor sugar next. And the butter (100g). And finally, one egg. Crack it first, sweetie. Oh dear, never mind. Let’s just try to fish out as much of the shell as we can. Then you can give it all a good stir. Try to keep it in the bowl.”

11 am: It’s very dark in here. And cold, too. There’s a monotonous whirring sound and a pervading aroma of blue cheese. I must be in The First-Fridge Trimester.

11.30 am: A bright light, the door opens. Here’s a tablespoon. Ooo, that tickles! Look, I’m a round ball on a baking sheet now. So this is what happens in the Second-Shaping Trimester.

11.35 am: I’m getting very hot in here. It’s 180 degrees C! I can feel myself spreading out a bit, too. This has to be the Third-Thermal Trimester.

11.45 am: I’m beginning to turn brown now and I’m getting crispy around my edges. Things are speeding up …

11.48 am: It’s a spatula-delivery!

spatula delivery

11.55 am: Hands off – I haven’t cooled down yet!

hands off

12 noon: Mmmm … I was born for this.

born for this

Wonder if I’ll be in time to join the illustrious ranks of Food Blogga‘s 2nd Christmas Cookie Season?


Leave a comment


  1. I have never witnessed a cookie being “delivered” before. 😉

    Thanks for a cute post, delicious cookie, and that adorable picture of your little munchkin.

  2. ha I enjoyed reading this post and the cookies look so good 🙂 how cute is the little boy

  3. loved loved loved it!

  4. Nice post and the cookies look brilliant. Love the picture of your cookie monster, what a priceless look on his face!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: