Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 20 February 2009

I take no creative credit for these cute little cookies. I saw them in Germany with Maren when I was there a few weeks ago and thought that I just had to try and make them myself - and they worked!!! These cookies would be perfect for a children's party - threaded with red liquorish boot laces for extra decoration.

Cinnamon Buttons
Preparation time 10 minutes, baking 10 - 12 minutes
Makes 15
55g/2oz caster sugar
115g/4oz butter
250g/6oz plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/350F/180C. Cream together the butter and caster sugar with a whisk until light and creamy. Add the flour, cinnamon and milk and bring together with your hands to form a soft dough. On a flour surface, roll out the dough to 1/2 cm thickness and cut out 15 round circles. Transfer to a lined baking sheet. Use a slightly smaller round cutter to make an indent inside each cookie - take care that you don't cut all the way through though. Make 4 holes - I used a 1cm round icing nozzle which worked well, but you could use a skewer if you don't have an icing nozzle. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until the cookies are golden brown.


Joanna said...

BRILLIANT as ever, Hannah :)


Lucy said...

Aww they are gorgeous - what a lovely idea :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These are just too cute Hannah!!

Browners said...

Absolutely brilliant. I just love this.

Alex said...


(You could have kept their origin secret, we'd never have guessed!)

Rita said...

Cute idea Hannah!!

Rita said...

Cute idea Hannah!!

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Marie Rayner said...

Ohh I have seen these cookies before, but yours look brilliant! Well done you Hannah!! (but then again, I'd expect nothing less from you!)

Livet i Fattighuset said...

Fantastic! I love it.

The Wandering Pit said...

These biscuits are definitely as cute as a button!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, must try these! Lovely!