“ Brand: Green's / Type: Cookie mix / Biscuit mix „
On the run up to Valentines day I was really, really excited. Not only was my lovely boyfriend spending a couple of weeks with me (we have a long distance relationship so every minute counts to us!) but we had missed sharing Christmas together due to arguing about said distance which meant we both went all out to turn Valentines day into a sort of Christmas day! lol. We bought each other lots and lots of gifts, I made him his favourite fried egg on toast with toast engraved with I love you on it and the egg was heart shaped due to a little pan I picked up in Poundland! I had balloons, Valentines crackers and one of my little touches was to make up some little 'love cookies!'. Greens is a brand I've come across quite alot and the biscuits I've made up with their help have been superb over the past couple of years so I felt confident in making these up and at £1.25 a box for having a go it seemed reasonable to me lol. The Packaging: Greens Packaging is relatively easy to spot on the shelves in supermarkets and they do make a lot of different mixes up such as cheesecakes and cookies. This cookie mix comes is a dark green box with a photograph of the cookies on the front of it and we are told that it is Greens Cookies With Love 'Vanilla cookies with strawberry icing and blackcurrant writing gel' and that there is a cutter and writing tube included in the box. Other information on the box includes an at a glance what I need list (10gms of softened butter and some water' and I'm told how to make them up, ingredients and allergy advice is given, the weight of the contents of the box is given (which is 206g), nutritional advice is fully listed and contact details for Kerry Foods (the manufacturer of the product are given. Inside you get a plastic see-through tube with the black a blackcurrant decorating gel in it and then a white paper bag that tells you it is the icing on it and then another bag that says it is a cookie mix so everything is well labelled and I do think the information on how to make these cookies is really laid out very well indeed. The Cookies: I found these really great and easy to make up and therefore I think these would be great as a fun thing to make up with children. All you do is pre heat the oven first and open up the cookie mix which is a very powdery mix and plenty of it is given and put it in a bowl and blend it with the 10gms of butter (slightly softened) in a bowl simply using a fork. Then you add a couple of tablespoons of water to that and at the point you get a slight vanilla fragrance going up your nostrils then all you do is roll it out on a little flour (which isn't mentioned as something you need but something we are old further on in the instructions that we do!). You simply need to get the cookies about 5mm thick and if your using the red plastic, heart shaped cookie cutter as a guide then the mix should fill the heart and you will get 6 cookies from the mix which I did and then we are told that they take 7-8 minutes to bake and go slightly golden and mine did this in about this time. With the sachet of pink colouring you make this up with 1 teaspoon of cold water. I found the pink to go a really nice light pink, the mix went very smooth with no lumps in it at all very quickly indeed and there was a fresh smell of strawberries given off nicely. To use this you have to wait until the cookies are completely cooked as not to melt this icing when using it. Using the back of a spoon as I had no guide I simply covered the tops of my cookies and found this slightly messy to do! Using the blackcurrant gel on a couple of the cookies at first I did try to use the icing to the middle of that but got in a bit of a state, so some of the cookies I covered with the icing and then waited a few minutes till it set, then wrote with the gel what I wanted, some I just used the gel on. They didn't look one bit professional when I had made them but my beloved was impressed with the sentiment! Taste wise well these were crunchy biscuits and moist and reasonably light. I wouldn't really of called them cookies myself really but the base had a hint of golden vanilla flavouring to it, the icing and the blackcurrant gel tasted a little fruity and all in all I enjoyed making these up and serving them and would do so again as I think this is a great bargain mix! Nutritional Information per Serving (Makes 6 if you follow the directions!): Energy: 152kcal Protein: 1.5g Carbohydrate: 26.5g of which sugars: 19g Fat: 4.4g of which saturates: 2.3g Fibre: 0.7g Sodium: 0.04g This mix is available in all good supermarkets etc though usually at the slightly higher price of about £1.50 a box.