homemade cookies or biscuits, frugal baking

homemade cookies

Homemade cookies are really quite easy, and fun, and very frugal. This recipe makes about 40 small (2 inch/6cm) cookies


  • 150g/5oz/three quarter cup caster sugar
  • 150g/5 oz/three quarter cup vegetable margarine
  • 5 tablespoons of soya milk
  • 300g/10 oz/1and a half cups of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


Preheat oven to 200C/400F and grease cookie sheets. Cream together the sugar and marg. Mix in the soya milk and vanilla and then the flour. The mixing of the flour is best done with your hands (messy but fun!). You should have a workable dough (add more flour if it’s too wet or more soya milk if too dry and doesn’t hold together well). Roll out on a floured board (to just under 1 cm thick) and cut into cookies (if you don’t have cookie cutters you can use an upturned glass). Lay on cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes for soft bake cookies or a little longer for dryer, crunchy ones.


  • Add choc, nuts or/and dried fruit 
  • Half dip the cooled cookies in chocolate – choccy biscuits!
  • Crushed chocolate beans are a colourful replacement for chocolate chips. They can also be pressed all over the top prior to baking.
  • Plain cookies with a handful of sesame seeds or desiccated coconut added into the dough are delicious.
  • Jewel biscuits: make a hole in the middle of your uncooked cookie once it is placed on a baking tray and place a boiled sweet in the space – this will melt down and fill the hole in the oven and then reset once cool – lovely for Christmas tree decorations!
  • Plain cookies with a square of chocolate pressed onto them before baking work well too.

If you liked these homemade cookies, don’t miss our Frugal Christmas section!

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