PLASTIC FREE AND ZERO WASTE SNACKS – EASY BISCUITS! - Sustainable(ish)

PLASTIC FREE AND ZERO WASTE SNACKS – EASY BISCUITS!

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:

  • Buy butter in foil packs - you can soak the wrapper and the foil usually separates from the greaseproof liner, meaning you can then recycle both
  • Freeze in tupperware or ziplock plastic bags that you wash and re-use again and again! 
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    Use re-usable silicon baking tray liners rather than greaseproof for lining
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    If you don't have a zero waste shop near you, you can order plastic free cocoa online from The Plastic Free Pantry (UK only)
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    If you're adding chunks of chocolate, look out for bars wrapped in paper and foil, rather than plastic

Variations:

  • 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
    - 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

Have you​ tried this recipe?
What's your favourite flavour...?!
Do share below in the comments!

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