We're off to see our friend Felix tomorrow, and his mum is offering lunch with our playdate. I offered to bring something, and she suggested dessert. Not a problem!
We haven't been shopping since the weekend before last, as we found many years ago that shopping weekly worked for us, and have a list on the fridge for additions throughout the week. So with regard to what to bake and bring, it necessitated a quick scour of the ingredients and dredge of the memory to figure it out. And cookies won!
The recipe is scribbled on a torn back of orange envelope and stuck into a blue book - seriously. My friend Catherine copied it out of her Guardian weekend supplement many years ago, once we'd successfully made it with our then just-turned-two year old Mini-1's. It's a quick, easy and basic recipe using flour, baking powder, two sugars, a bit of butter and roughly 100g of 'extras' - in this evening's case they were M&M's and a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter. Other times they've been chopped apricots, oats, choc chips, lemon zest etc etc.
I had checked with the girls earlier in the day to see if they wanted to help make them, but both said no, because they didn't want to share them! Not very charitable at all, and not the way we'd like them to think. Suffice it to say, I started baking once they were in bed/asleep.
And a mere hour later (most of which time was taken up with 4-5 batches at 9 minutes each) we have the delight that is nearly 4 dozen small coloured-dot-studded cookies - yummy!