Cook Culinary & Craft Studio

Sunshine cookies for a rainy day

They say that bad weather always looks worse through a window but I must disagree: The cold front, last Friday, was accompanied by rain- which was anything but refreshing- and one short school trip in pajama pants compelled me to cancel all plans of a market day and champagne with my friends and stay indoors.

A determined 3 year old carrying a book with a picture of cookies, interrupted any preconceived ideas of doing as little as possible and I reluctantly headed off to a very icy cooking school, with cold hard butter, to bring sunshine to someone’s else’s day.

These are fun and easy cookies which take 15 minutes to bake (perfect for impatient little cooks) and don’t require a scale, just a little creaming. The rolling of the balls and the patting of the fork is a mess-free and fun way to keep little hands occupied. I dusted half with icing sugar and allowed my daughter to decorate the rest with pink icing and sprinkles. And then I ate 10 cookies. I blame the weather.
Sunshine cookies


  • 250g salted butter, room temp, & chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 extra large free range egg
  • 4 pumps of vanilla paste or some grated orange zest
  • 2 ½ cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup Mazeina
  • 2 tablespoon milk


  1.  Preheat the oven to 160 ˚C
  2.  Cream butter, sugar and flavouring until fluffy and white, add egg
  3. Using a butter knife gently mix in the sifted flours and then gather the dough together
  4. Roll heaped teaspoons into balls and place on a non-stick mat on an oven tray, flattening the ball with a floured fork
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden, cool and dust with icing sugar




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