How to: make chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies!


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The other day I made cookies for 20-30 people and needed to think up a recipe which was quick and yummy because I didn’t want to spend hours making them! I made a batch of white chocolate chip, milk chocolate chip and peanut butter! And my brother gave me the idea to mix the peanut butter and milk choc chip together for a unique flavour! This is perfect for people who want to make a quick treat whilst the kids are on a break from school!

Makes 12-14 cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup room temperature butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 & 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
100g chocolate chunks

Always start by preparing the oven and lining the baking tray with paper. Gas mark 5 for today’s treats!

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You then want to get your butter (if its cold out the fridge, put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)

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Add 3/4 cup of sugar

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And very lightly cream together- you don’t want it to be smooth but just ensure all the mixture is combined. Over mixing will leave the mixture too runny and we’re looking for more of a dough as a harder dough cooks better biscuits.

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Pop in your egg

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And vanilla extract. I don’t like using vanilla essence as it’s often artificially flavoured and doesn’t taste as good

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Add in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter but of course you can add as much as you like depending on what your taste preference is. I’m using a chunky peanut butter with nuts for an extra crunch

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Bit by bit, add in your flour and mix the mixture in

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Add in your chocolate chips/ chunks/ pieces.. Whatever you like!

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Add in your bicarbonate of soda and mix this in well and evenly

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Your mixture will resemble this

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And that’s when you can scoop your mixture, a tablespoon at a time, into a heap. I managed to make 12

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You’ll need to leave them in the oven for around 20 minutes but don’t be afraid to take then out and lightly feel the centre of them.. If its too soft, give them another 5 minutes. And when you’ll take them out, they’ll look like this.

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How to manicure at home


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Well hello my little DIY-ers :) time for do a Do It Yourself manicure I think!
I’m going to be using tools and tips so easy to get, you’ll be parading your beautiful hands at every occasion!

The first thing you need to do is ensure your hands are clean! Not only for hygiene but because the water helps to soften the nails and skin a bit so it’s easier to file an shape them! Dry them thoroughly and then we can begin!

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Grab yourself a nail cutter. My nail cutter also has a nail file built into it but use any you like! You want to cut your nails using the corner of the cutter! Don’t slot your whole nail into the cutter because your nails will snap, be uneven and you’ll cut off more than.. You can chew? EW! Use the tip of the nail cutter and cut off small bits of the nail at a time. I don’t like nail cutters with a rounded tip because my nails actually grow square shaped so circular nail cutters are no good but use whatever ones suit your nail shape!

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Once you’ve cut your nail, time to file them and smooth out any rough edges! I prefer using individual nail files because I can take them with me anywhere incase I chip a nail and because it’s easier to manoeuvre and hold. When filing, ensure you have a firm grip but gentle motion and only file in one direction (THAT’S WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL). This prevents your nails becoming brittle.. Like mine are. When I file, I file the base of my nail flat so I can get a nice, clean and straight edge at the base of my nail.

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The edges of my nail can sometimes get uneven and quite jagged as shown below, so I file straight down and press against my nail to ensure a smoother edge.

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I then grab the end of the file and push my cuticles back. My nails are quite short in the sense that when I grow my nails, the white tip of the nail is quite large so by pushing back my cuticles, it evens out my whole nail. You need to push down on the nail and gently push back in a rocking motion ensuring the skin at the back of your nail forms a smooth round edge with no excess skin on the nail.

You then want to grab a nail file to clean your nails as all this filing will have left quite a lot of dirt in your nail.

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At this point your nails will look butchered (London lingo) and worse for wear. I then grab myself the nail cutters again and any excess dry skin or bits of nail that need to be cut, I cut off.

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Last but not least, grab a cue tip or cotton bud and dip it in a oil of your choice. I used baby oil because it’s inexpensive but you can use cuticle oil and I rub this all over my nails and absorb it with my fingers..

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  • I have said gently quite a lot! Why? Because nails are very sensitive, so don’t e rough with them. You already endure quite a lot of hardship on your hands and nails during your day to day life.
  • I do this once a week and usually on a Sunday so my hands are ready for the week. However, I clean my nails every day!
  • If you want to paint your nails after, don’t use the oil as your nail varnish won’t go on as well.
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