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Kookee cookies

Several weeks ago a local company sent me six samples of their produce, asking for honest feedback. I was that impressed that I decided to write a full post about them!

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6 mixes

Kookee is a family run Artisan business that started in County Louth in 2009. They specialise in “high quality” cookies. Their products range from freshly baked cookies, frozen uncooked dough for restaurants and deli counters and an easy make dry mix so you can create your own cookies at home. Their ingredients are locally sourced, and are of the highest quality, several of their cookie mixes are also Gluten free. Kookee’s website explains the heart warming story behind the brand, explaining that the inspiration for Kookee came from spending Saturday mornings baking.

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Add 1 egg and 100g butter

I decided to start with the Triple Chocolate Chip cookie mix (no surprise there); I was impressed to read that it contained ‘normal ingredients’, ingredients that I would use when baking, such as brown sugar and baking powder not unheard of replacements.

I emptied the mix into a bowl and followed the instructions. I set the oven to 180 degrees and insured my butter was at room temperature. After that it was easy, stir in the butter and one egg into the mix!

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making cookies

I stirred the mix until a dough was formed (really easy to do), they I made 16 little balls and placed them on a baking sheet. Finally, I flattened the balls out and placed the baking sheet into the preheated oven.

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fresh cookies

After about 15 minutes I had these wonderful fresh cookies! I left them to cool for a minute on the baking tray before transferring them onto a wire rack.

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fresh cookies

I was really impressed that the large white, dark and milk chocolate chips had stayed intact, giving the cookie that fantastic chocolate flavour.

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Just how I like my cookies

Next, I tried the Gluten free Coconut and Cranberry mix. THE SMELL!!!!!!!! As soon as I opened the packet I was hit buy a delicious fresh coconut smell and I could see large dried cranberries. Just like the chocolate chips, I was impressed by the quality ingredients that had been used. These cookies would be great for someone that isn’t a chocolate fan, but who likes a treat with a cuppa.

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Milk and cookies

The Kookee website also gave me another idea; when is a cookie not a cookie???? Er, when you can adapt the mix to use for other things! Their blog was full of great ideas, so I thought I’d give one of them a bash with the third packet…

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Great idea!

I used the Gluten free Oatmeal and Chocolate mix to make a crumble topping to go with some soft pears from the fruit bowl. All I had to do was rub 100g of butter into the mixture and pop it on top of the fruit. I should point out that I sprinkled some cinnamon onto of the pears before I added the crumble…

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crumble mix

I popped the crumble into a preheated oven (180 degrees) for about 40 minutes. I let it cool for a couple of minutes before serving it up. It was crunchy and biscuit-y which matched the soft juicy fruit perfectly. A really clever idea!

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fresh apple and pear crumble

So, my verdict…. What great products! I’d highly recommend them if you want a quick child friendly bake for the children or if you need something sweet to serve up with a pot of coffee.

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Kookee crumble and Kookee cookies!

Melissa xx

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Advent Calendar Day 2 #recipe

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 I need to bake, make and create more for Christmas, even if it means that I scoff it all myself! I haven’t made any mince pies yet or decided what sort of trifle we’re having on Christmas day, or decided what sort of herby goodies should be mixed in with the butter to go under the turkey skin before it gets thrown into the oven, but I do have a couple of weeks yet…

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I’d never waste my time and love creating goodies for someone who I thought wouldn’t love them too. Whether it be homemade cookies or the mix for homemade cookies, I would expect the person receiving the gift to be just as thankful as if I’d spent a fortune on the present in some posh shop! So ONLY for nice people out there, here’s my favourite cookie recipe:

Choccy Chip Cookies

320g plain flour

1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

1 tsp salt

225g butter (soft, at room temperature)

170g castor sugar

150g brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 190°C. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add eggs to butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, then mix in the flour mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Using an ice cream scoop, or using large tablespoons, drop balls of cookie dough onto ungreased baking trays (be warned, they spread… Don’t don’t ut them too close together). Bake at 190°C for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Sorry there are no photos (nothing to do with the fact I was at my work Christmas party last night)….

Melissa xx