My lovely nieces recently sent over a pretty sweet surprise parcel from the UK - A Chupa Chups sweet pizza box. The girls were pretty excited (as was Simon) but it did end up lasting over a month. When it was finished we thought it a shame to throw away the perfectly good box, so decided to make a giant cookie for another friend's birthday instead of a cake. It worked surprisingly well and was big enough for everyone to enjoy together.
So, to get you started here's what you'll need (Yes I know, my kitchen equipment is mainly pink! My sister's is all lime green or yellow - I say go for whatever makes you happy in your kitchen and makes you smile as you bake):
- 250g unsalted butter
- 140g caster sugar
- 140g soft dark brown sugar
- 2 free range eggs
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 360g plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 120g rolled oats
- 200g raisins
- Weighing scales
- Nonstick or lined pizza baking tray
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Cooling rack
- Wooden spoon/spatula
- Pizza board & box for presentation (you could always ask your local pizza place for a clean box!)
Before you get started, preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
1) Put the butter and sugars in the electric mixer and cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the sides in between to make sure everything gets combined. Turn down the speed and add the vanilla extract.
2) In your separate bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinammon. Add the oats, mix until well combined and then add to the butter mixture. Beat on a low speed until well combined, then add the raisins and mix again till they are evenly spread out.
3) Arrange enough mixture on the pizza tray to fill it up but allow a little room for spreading. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and relatively firm. Check regularly though to make sure it's not burning and give it an extra couple minutes if necessary.
4) When cooked, let it cool on the tray for a few minutes before sliding off onto the wire cooling rack. Then slide it onto the pizza tray, pop in the box and hey presto, a perfect surprise gift!
This mixture will make more than you need for the single pizza cookie. You can either bake the rest on baking trays for around 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Alternatively you can freeze it in log shapes wrapped in baking paper or clingfilm, then when you have hungry kids or a friend stopping by on a Sunday afternoon, you can get one out, leave to defrost for a bit (if cooking from frozen just allow an extra 2 minutes), cut into your desired sizes and bake for an instant treat.
We baked some this afternoon and they were just as good as the day we made the mixture... A yummy treat with zero mess or effort - Loveliness indeed!
Do you have any fun cookie packaging tips to share? Any lovely ideas we should try?
Thanks & Happy Baking,
Love Holly x