The ultimate cookie for kids. Best of all, you can pre-make and freeze the rolls, then slice and bake when needed. Try passion-fruit curd or different jams – chocolate nut spreads also work a treat.
Makes approx 36
- 225 butter, softened
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2¼ cups plain flour
- 2-3 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam (use a no-added sugar variety if you can)
1 Preheat oven to 170oC. Cream the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Fold in the flour and mix well until it comes together to make a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm, chill for 30 minutes.
2 Divide dough in half and roll out one piece at a time (chill the remaining portion) into a rectangle approx 20 x 30cm between two sheets of baking paper. Then chill for 5 minutes – repeat with remaining dough.
3 Spread the chilled dough with peanut butter and jam, and roll up neatly. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 15 minutes before cutting into slices 1½ -2cm wide, and place onto lined trays. Bake for 15-20 minutes until pale golden. Semi-thaw biscuit rolls if frozen, slice and cook a little longer for 20-25 minutes.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author