Desserts to make your mouth water

We watched the Bake Off contestants do battle with delicious desserts: Ian won Star Baker for the THIRD week in a row(!) while we were sorry to see funny girl Sandy leave the competition after much meringue mayhem.


Now, I’m no expert. I love a bit of baking, but I could never create anything like what the contestants managed to bake this week! Their crème brûlées looked absolutely heavenly, but I seriously doubt my ability to a) make a good one and b) bring one into the office successfully!


However, I still wanted to try my hand at something remotely… dessert-like.


So, being the world’s most notorious sweet tooth, I decided on cookies. They can be stacked, eaten alone, or served warm with ice cream (amazing). My ‘trial run’ went so well that I brought them into Very HQ. Here are a few quotes from my colleagues/judges:


Phil: Fabulous, I just enjoyed mine with a brew.

Laura: Wow, FIT!

Steve: They were really good them.




So without further ado, here’s my delicious and definitely unhealthy cookie recipe. It’s SO simple, and should make around 20 cookies.


You’ll need:


125g softened butter

100g light brown soft sugar

125g caster sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

220g self-raising flour

Half a tsp salt

200g chocolate chips (or whatever you fancy)




  1. Cream together the butter and both types of sugar.
  1. Once they’re well combined, add the egg and vanilla extract.
  1. Sift in the flour and salt.
  1. Stir in your chosen chocolatey treats. I went for even amounts of white and milk choc chips, but you can add whatever you like… nuts, dried fruit, coconut, smarties… you get the picture.
  1. Warning: At this point, you must resist the urge to grab the spoon and eat the cookie dough straight from the bowl.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4) and line a couple of baking trays with some ungreased baking paper. You may want to weigh it down in the corners to keep it in place while you dollop on the cookie dough.
  1. Roll your dough into golf ball sized balls, and place onto the baking paper. Make sure you leave plenty of room between them to give them space to expand.
  1. For gorgeously gooey cookies, I’d recommend cooking for 9-10 minutes, or until they’re just browning around the edges. If you prefer a crunchier texture, add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.
  1. Remove from the oven and leave to firm up for a couple of minutes, before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  1. Enjoy! They’re delicious straight from the oven. If you can stop yourself from devouring them all in one go, they should keep well for a couple of days in an airtight container.


Stay tuned for even more mouth-watering recipes as the Bake Off action continues.


I hope you’re enjoying the Bake Off action as much as I am!


Joanna x

27th August 2015
Written by The Very Team