Living the No Frills life is cheap and easy, I swear.
Not being much of a baker, I invested in a packet of cookie mix. I know most people prefer to make things from scratch, but sometimes you just want fresh cookies that don't require too much fussing about!
Coles Rainbow Cookies to the rescue. I've sampled quite a few No Frills packaged food in my time and Coles appears to have improved over time. The packaging, anyway, promises that my cookies will be beautifully shaped and colourful.
My ingredients assemblage: the packet of mix, butter spread (we were out of proper butter), an egg, and the rainbow chocolate chips.
A good deal of kneading and mixing was required to get the dough into a malleable state!
I shaped the cookies by hand and placed them on a tray lined with greased aluminium foil. (Alas, I misplaced my baking paper somewhere in the depths of the pantry.)
The box said that it would make 15 cookies and I got 16 - not a bad turnout! Two trays went into the preheated oven for about 10 -15 minutes before we took them out to dry and cool. The whole house smelled amazing whilst this was going on.
I probably should have left more space between the cookies, but they didn't turn out too badly. They looked rather like misshapen versions of the cookies pictured on the box, so any loss of aesthetics was evidently my mistake.
They were very sweet but had great texture, and keep very well stored in an airtight container in your cupboard. All in all, not a bad way to spend half an hour baking (and then eating).