Easy egg-free cookie recipe: basic dough

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egg free cookies

Super simple yet delicious egg free cookie recipe you can make with the kids

Cookies are one of the easiest and most satisfyingly baking crafts you can make with your kids.

They don’t take long to make, there are no blades or potentially dangerous tools involved in the preparation and they are always a hit when ready.

My daughter loves to make them and over the course of our many baking afternoons, we have tried different recipes, with various results. 

We finally found our favorite for both process and taste and this is the biscuits recipe we are sharing with you today.

It comes from Mary Berry’s book My Kitchen Table: 100 Sweet Treats and Puds with a small tweak we discovered made the process even easier, and we find it is great under many accounts:

This recipe makes cookies that are

  • Super simple (seriously, you need zero skills for these!)
  • Eggs free, perfect in case of egg allergy and if you have kids who love to taste the raw dough!
  • Delicious 
  • Versatile: you can set your imagination free with different icing, toppings, jam filling and more!

Eggs free cookies recipe: Ingredients

  • 100g (4oz)  unsalted butter
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 150g (5oz) self-raising flour (or standard flour + a pinch or yeast/baking powder
  • Milk: about a spoonful, just enough to make the dough more workable should it result too powdery.

The original recipe doesn’t include milk and, depending on the exact type of your flour, you may well not need it. However, we find that without milk the dough is way too powdery and simply does not come together enough: I highly recommend you have some milk for this recipe, just in case!

Basic cookie dough: useful utensils and gadgets

  • A kitchen scale to measure your quantities
  • A knife for the butter
  • Baking paper

Process: how to make this egg-free cookie recipe 

On a clean kitchen counter (or in a large bowl should you find yourself short on space) pour the flour, the yeast/baking powder and the butter, cut into small pieces.

Use your fingers to mix everything together and create a dough. At the start, it will be very powdery but stick with it: little by little, the butter will mix with the flour and a soft dough will start to take shape. Start with your fingers only and then use your palms to create a ball of delicious mixture!

Should the dough come out a little too powdery and not improving, which can happen with certain types of flours, add a drop of milk: it will work a little bit like glue and will make the dough easier to work.

Need to know! You do not want to knead the dough as you would do with bread. This type of preparation cannot take that type of handling and would pulverize in your hands. Only work it as much as it takes to create a dough ball – it will only take a minute or so.

Leave the dough to rest for about 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, turn the over on to 180 /200 C and grab a sheet of baking paper.

Once 10 minutes have passed, take your dough and divided it into small balls (I like small cookies do I make little balls, about 3cm of diameter max): the quantity in this recipe will make about 10-15 depending on the size you go for. You may need two sheets of baking paper or cook them in 2 batches like we usually do.

Put each ball on the baking paper and use your palm (or ask your kid, this is the fun part!) to flatten the ball into a cookie. Don’t press too hard, just enough to resemble a cookie, not a pancake!

Put in the oven, let cook for about 15 minutes and take them out when still a little soft. Leave them to cool and they will be the perfect consistency. Take a bite: aren’t they simply delicious?

Egg free cookie recipe

Egg free cookie recipe

Easy to make egg free cookies for all occasions

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 150 gr flour
  • 50 gr sugar
  • 100 gr butter (unsalted)
  • Baking powder/ yeast: a pinch
  • Milk: one spoonful (if needed)

Instructions

  1. Pour the flour and yeast/baking powder on a clean kitchen counter and mix well
  2. Cut the butter in small cubes and add them to the flour
  3. Use your fingertips to mix everything and create a dough - should the mix be too powdery, add the milk
  4. Once ready, divide the dough into small balls and lay them on a sheet of baking paper, a few centimeters apart from each other. You may need two sheets
  5. Bake in the over at 180 for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove when still soft and leave to cool

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