Strawberry Milkshake Cookies

Oh my these are so good I hadn’t even finished eating my first cookie before I was typing up the recipe and announcing a new blog post! I was sceptical that they would work so I didn’t take process shots to show you which is something I really like to do whenever I can and as is always the way, they worked brilliantly and I was kicking myself for not grabbing the camera! Oh well, it’s just the excuse I need to make another batch of my Strawberry Milkshake Cookies really soon 😉

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It all started by the intense early morning light waking me up at 5am this morning. Too early to put the TV on and wake The Hungry One up so I searched Facebook to see what was going on in my virtual world when, low and behold, a great friend Shazza had been pinning frantically it seemed, ideas for an upcoming party she’s planning and one of the pics was of these über-aesthetically pleasing pink cookies. Sold! I had to find out more and make them, immediately. I’m a huge fan of all things pink but throw my favourite summer fruit strawberry into the mix and I’ll be all over it, like fine rain.

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However, my heart sunk upon reading the post to discover it was made by using a packet cake mix. Sigh. Is there anything more disheartening than an ingredient list which looks like some sort of code the CIA would be proud of, as it’s full of so many e-numbers?!  I was most disturbed by reading of something called “butter extract” to give that “box mix taste”.  Fortunately, Sally, whom is the author of this blog acknowledges not everyone shares her fondness for box mixes and gave a wonderful recipe which you could use yourself to make a genuinely home made version of her strawberry cookies. Of course, I felt the need to tweak.

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Let me tell you more about these billowing soft pink puffs. Sally instructed us to make balls of dough taller than they are wide then push them down a little after baking to make the thickest, puffiest, soft centred but ever so slightly crisp edged cookie. She is a genius. I worship at her cookie goddess alter! Everything about her description there is perfect. Seeing as Hungry Hubby had broken into my stash of white chocolate last week I decided to use white rather than dark choc as she does. And what it produced is was I’ve dubbed strawberry milkshake cookies. Oh the nursery sweetness! The velvety creamy mouth feel of the still molten middle hunks of white chocolate against the fruity zing of the strawberry powder. And yes, the freeze dried powder which is all natural gives you both this deep cotton candy pink colour and the wonderful flavour of the fruit itself. I added almond extract and vanilla as flavour enhances to the strawberry rather than flavours in their own right so they appear in tiny quantities in my version of the recipe.  You don’t need to add food colouring to this recipe if you use the freeze dried berries I did but if yours isn’t as strongly coloured, I would use a tiny bit of Sugarflair food colouring paste (or similar brand wherever you are) rather than liquid ones which will alter the consistency of the finished cookie.

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My only criticism of this recipe is that it only makes 12 squidgy bellied cookies. If you want to double up, please do so! I promise you, they will not last long. Especially as the smell woke Hungry Hubby and he too is a devoted, faithful follower of all things strawberry. A big thank you goes out to Sally for her original recipes and Super Shazza for finding her for me!

I’m off to finish making the strawberry and vanilla jam you saw sneaking into a photo above, as I can here the dishwasher finishing its cycle, having “sterilised” my jars for me.

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Strawberry Milkshake Cookies
Servings: 12
Author: Just Jo
Ingredients
  • 75 g nice and soft butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar 100g
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 level tbsp freeze dried strawberry power
  • Pink food colouring paste optional
  • 3/4 cup plain flour 100g
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g white chocolate chips or a chopped bar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar well.
  2. Add in the almond extract, vanilla, egg yolk and beat well until soft and fluffy again.
  3. Beat the freeze dried strawberry powder and some pink food colouring if using.
  4. Beat in the flour until its more or less worked in (it will be a dry crumbly mix not dissimilar to shortbread in the making) then work in the chocolate - bring together with your hands.
  5. Take lumps of dough about 1-2 tbsp worth and roll in the palms of your hands to a rounded tall cylinder shape and place on a lined baking tray (you will need to compact the dough as you shape it in your hands especially if using chunks of chocolate to ensure it all coheres together).
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180˚C for 9-10 minutes, peeking towards the end to ensure they aren't browning.
  7. Remove from the oven when just set but puffy in consistency and cool for a couple of minutes on the baking tray before carefully sliding onto a rack to finish cooling - gently push the tops down to flatten a little bit if they are "too" puffy after baking.

24 Comments

  1. frugalfeeding 26/05/2013 at 16:09 - Reply

    I love strawberries – these look absolutely wonderful! great colour 🙂

    • Jo Blogs 26/05/2013 at 16:16 - Reply

      I must go buy some more fresh strawberries from Costco, they are the best I can get locally. Not a bad colour eh for a 100% natural product? (I mean the freeze dried strawbs there :D)

  2. NickkiT 26/05/2013 at 16:34 - Reply

    Oh my gosh Jo, I think you are right – I reckon I’d love these cookies! They are just so pretty! I will need to give them a try very soon 😉

    • Jo Blogs 26/05/2013 at 16:41 - Reply

      Oh do Nic! And tell me how you found them. I’ve hidden the tin as they are addictive 😉

  3. I love them!! The freeze dried strawberries are just a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing these! I love pink cookies. 🙂

    • Jo Blogs 26/05/2013 at 18:54 - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Sally and for the inspiration plus recipe for this cookie! Totally delicious and I really do love all your cookie making tips 😀

  4. Tea with Erika 27/05/2013 at 13:58 - Reply

    I absolutely love strawberries! And reading your post reminded me that I haven’t made strawberry jam in a long time – the smell while it is cooking is just ravishing!

  5. Seonaid 30/05/2013 at 14:49 - Reply

    These are so pretty! I would have loved these when I was little and loved all things pink. Oh wait, I still love all things pink!

    • Jo Blogs 30/05/2013 at 16:36 - Reply

      Thanks Seonaid – clearly we’d get along just swimmingly, in our girly pink world 😉

  6. George@CulinaryTravels 09/06/2013 at 12:38 - Reply

    Oh my goodness – they look stunning Jo. I don’t ‘do’ pink, but I do love the fact that the colour is natural … I will have to purchase some 🙂

    • Jo Blogs 10/06/2013 at 19:12 - Reply

      Oh yes the natural pink is a big pull alright ;). Thank you Georgina!

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  8. ashleymarie 26/09/2013 at 03:05 - Reply

    These look so so so good. In fact, they might be my next baking adventure!Thanks for posting 🙂

    • Jo Blogs 26/09/2013 at 07:04 - Reply

      I hope you enjoy them Ashley Marie! Let me know how they go x

  9. Black Cat 01/10/2013 at 16:43 - Reply

    love love love these! pinning and purchasing my freeze dried strawberry powder immediately!!

  10. Yii-Huei 06/11/2013 at 07:32 - Reply

    delicious! love the colours, never had strawberry cookies before!

    • Jo Blogs 06/11/2013 at 07:35 - Reply

      You should try these then if you can find the strawberry powder – they have bags of flavour 😀

  11. captureyouphotography 13/01/2014 at 00:20 - Reply

    These cookies look really great, and I am not normally a person drawn to strawberry stuff. I bet they tasted as good as they look.

    • Jo Blogs 13/01/2014 at 06:39 - Reply

      These are a regular in our cookie jar for sure!

  12. Beccy 16/06/2016 at 09:47 - Reply

    These look lush but do you know the grams for the flour and sugar? Cups just confuse me! ?

    • Just Jo 17/06/2016 at 12:43 - Reply

      Hi Beccy – I use 110g flour and 100g caster sugar. The sugar amount is pretty standard as it’s one of those ingredients which doesn’t compact down much when measured in cups but flour can vary depending on where you read the conversion. Hope that helps xx

      • Beccy 17/06/2016 at 16:19 - Reply

        Thank you so much ☺

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