In many recipes that we post, it involves Gookie Dough being baked. In order to get it top notch and perfect every time we've put together a step by step so you can enjoy baked cookies without the hassle of mixing all the ingredients.
Firstly, take your Gookie Dough out of the fridge and leave it on the side so it softens at room temperature. This allows it to warm up a little and it's a lot easier to work with.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper (we used tin foil). This means the cookies won't stick and will be easier to transfer.
Take your Gookie Dough out of the tub and roll out either with the palm of your hand or with a rolling pin. Grab a cookie cutter and press down to make the shape. Pop on the tray and repeat with the rest of the dough (or however many cookies you want to make). Remember to space evenly on the tray so they have room to spread while baking.
Pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them. If you still want the dough slightly gooey then we advise less time but if you want a cookie with a crunch then leave it longer! Once removed in the oven, allow to cool on the tray or dig right in if you want super warm melty Gookies. Pour a glass of milk and get dunking. Perfection right there. (Images from @sugarcoathope on Instagram or sugarcoathope.co.uk)
Step #5 (optional)
If you're feeling extra decorative then feel free to allow the cookies to cool and then begin icing. Either with buttercream (icing sugar and butter) or normal icing (icing sugar and water). Top with extra sprinkles, write your own name or simply demolish in one sitting. The world is your oyster.
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We're told not to eat sugar, swap for sweeteners and to only eat fruit. Don't eat too much fruit says the other dentist, because it will still rot your teeth due to the acid. It's obvious that too much sugar intake can cause obesity and diabetes along with other health conditions. But for one day, we're going to put that aside and give sugar a break by talking about some of the health benefits. Of course, consume in moderation but a little sugar won't harm (even Mary Poppins agrees).
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Natural sugars are sugars that are found in fruits and milk, they are complex carbohydrates that give us the nutrition we need and help with blood sugar levels. Added sugars are things such as white sugar, brown sugar, honey and syrups that are added to food. They provide hardly any nutrition and can cause spikes in blood sugar.
Sugar can provide energy almost immediately. Once the energy for immediate use is being used, the body will store excess to use later on. This is called glycogenesis. This is a great process because it can allow us to go for longer periods of time without eating, however, when glucose exceeds storage the leftover is turned into fat.
Natural sugars come with added nutrients. When you have milk and fruit, they usually contain additional fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and hydration. You can indulge in all of the healthy treats without massive spikes in blood sugar.
According to some scientists, sugar can improve our brain health. Apparently, our brains use up 400 calories of glucose per day but it depends where you get the sugar from. So, don't be downing chocolate and Gookie Dough (however, it is a treat!) because the natural sugars have the real benefit. It's best to eat whole fruit than juice because an apple has more fibre and it's consumed slower.
Glycolic acid in sugar can be great in keeping skin healthy. Using it can help to get rid of blemishes and restore the balance in oils. Sugar is also great on the skin in the forms of body scrubs. The gritty texture is perfect for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells which leaves you with luxurious smooth legs!
So, not so fast with cutting out sugar when you're hitting the hardcore diet. Sugar is needed and is essential, just eat the junk food in moderation and choose an apple over chocolate. Easier said than done, we know!
Need a bit of comfort food to sweeten your week up? Feel as if the Monday blues are taking over? It's okay, we feel your pain. To life your spirits up a tad, we're baking these gorgeous Gookie Dough meringue slices and they are divine. Definitely, a way to spice up your lunch break.
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You will need:
One monster tub of Gookie Dough in original flavour
Four medium egg whites
100g of golden caster sugar
(Serves 12 small slices: preparation 10 minutes: cooking time 30 minutes)
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Firstly, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius (gas mark 4). Take your Gookie Dough out of the fridge and leave it on the side at room temperature for around half an hour to soften, this way it will be easier to work with. Cut two pieces of baking paper and line a shallow baking tray which is greased with butter. Press the Gookie Dough gently into the base of the baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Once baked and the cookie base is out of the oven, turn the temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius. Heat the golden caster sugar at 200 degrees until the edges caramelise and then whisk into the stiff egg whites. Spread the meringue on top of the cookie base from the middle to the edges. Lightly press a piece of baking paper over the top of the meringue and then turn the oven back down to 180 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes. Then remove the baking paper and bake for another five. Leave to cool completely and then cut into pieces. *Recipe adapted from mummypages.co.uk via Quick & Easy Toddler Recipies by Annabel Karmel*
Gookie Dough forever saving you from having to make a dough which is extremely time consuming and at least you can nibble on the dough without worries of salmonella! Meringue is served, just don't tell the kids, we'll keep this one a lunchtime secret.
It's Halloween month which means pumpkin is in and so is every spice and all things nice! We're going to kick off the spooky month with these pumpkin spice Gookies with a gorgeous cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
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You will need:
(For the cookies)
A monster tub of Gookie Dough in original flavour
Three teaspoons of cinnamon
Half a teaspoon of nutmeg
A quarter teaspoon of ginger
A handful of chopped walnuts or pecans
Half a can of pumpkin paste
(For the frosting) 110g of butter
225g of cream cheese
Three teaspoons of vanilla extract
500g of icing sugar
One teaspoon of cinnamon
Firstly, take your Gookie Dough and pop it all into a medium mixing bowl. Add the pumpkin and mix well until thoroughly incorporated. Pop in the spices along with the nuts and mix well to allow the flavour to get through all of the dough. Get your baking tray and line it with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls onto the tray. Bake for 170 degrees for around 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Then allow cooling completely.
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For the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixer until blended, add in the icing sugar 100g at a time and continue to mix until it is all in and mixed well. Finally, add the cinnamon, mix a little more and ice the cookies. Top with shaved chocolate or extra spices!
What do you think? Spooky enough?! Perfect for when those little knockers are at your door dressed to scare you. What better way to get all Autumn like, now pop your jumper on and get cosy in front of the fire because the leaves are falling as we speak!
Today's post is all about being a little bit savvy and is almost the cousin of our 'Upcycle Your Gookie Dough Pots' series. Food waste is a massive concern around the globe, in the UK, we waste on average 1.3 billion tonnes each year. Yet we live in a country where food banks are even more in demand than usual. So, how can we prevent food waste?
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Buy what you need
When you're in a supermarket and you see those biscuits on offer for £1, it's tempting or those potatoes are on a rollback for 50p less. Yes, it's tempting but it's important to realise you're wasting money and food because you're spending too much. Only buy exact amounts of ingredients for a recipe, find shops where you can buy single carrots, potatoes and onions instead of using large packets which are covered in plastic.
Use your freezer
Buying in bulk makes sense when it means you're saving money but it's a fact that you won't use every single item before it runs out of date. Try and freeze products and label it with the date. Bread is perfect for this because it can go straight in the freezer and also defrosts quickly (or you can pop it in the toaster). Surprisingly, soft fruits and spinach can also be frozen which can make good smoothies!
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So, your eyes are bigger than your belly. Happens to everyone. Just remember that it isn't compulsory to eat the whole pack of rice in one sitting. Keep an eye on what is being thrown away after meals and then you'll realise how to change and adapt your portion size so no leftovers are being chucked away (there's never any leftover Gookie Dough though, is there?!).
Out of date fear
So, you've just taken a pack of meat out of the fridge and you're unsure whether it's gone off or not so you put it back in the fridge and wait until it's expired completely. DON'T! The best way to arrange the fridge and cupboards is to bring the oldest items to the front and putting newer ones to the back. This way the older stuff will have a better chance of being used.
Just some pro hacks to save you some dollar on the way up to Christmas. You can thank us later!