PLASTIC FREE AND ZERO WASTE SNACKS – EASY BISCUITS!
I love them. Anytime of day, a cup of tea (plastic free, obvs) and a biscuit is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile back on my face.
But the wrappers from packets of biscuits are generally easily recycled, which can mean that our daily sugar fix can be adding lbs to our landfill waste, as well as possibly our hips 😉
My solution to this is a spot of light baking, and this is such a great recipe.
It's adapted from Nigella's Christmas Chocolate Shortbread Cookies in her Christmas book and I love it because a) it is super easy - bung it all the mixer and done, no rolling, no chilling, just scoop and bake; b) I can normally be guaranteed to have all the ingredients in the house; c) they taste delicious; d) they freeze really well; and e) as I am about to show you, they are infinitely adaptable.
What’s not to love?!
This is what you need:
For the basic chocolate version (ala Nigella)
- 250g butter at room temperature (try to ignore the fact that this is a whole packet of butter…)
- 150g caster sugar
- 300g plain flour
- 40g cocoa
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1tsp baking powder
This is what you do:
- Pre-heat the oven to 170C
- Line 2 baking trays with baking paper or re-usable liners
- Put all the ingredients into a Magimix type food processor and whiz until it forms a dough
- Place tablespoons of the dough onto the trays, and roll them into balls. I get 20-30 from this mix. I flatten them down a bit with a fork as I like the ridges that it leaves
- Bake for about 15 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack
Plastic free/zero waste tips:
- Add white chocolate chips or chunks to the recipe above
- Add fruit and nut chocolate chunks to the recipe above
- Use a little less cocoa powder, and add in some espresso coffee powder, for mochachino biscuits
- Omit the cocoa and add:
- milk or dark chocolate chunks/chips
- raisins and chocolate!
- white chocolate and cranberry
- white chocolate and apricot
- orange zest or lemon zest
- chunks of crystallised ginger
- chunks of ginger with dark chocolate chunks
- a tsp of mixed spice for a festive version-with or without cranberries etc
- a tsp of almond essence
- a tsp of coconut essence and a 25g of desiccated coconut