We've tried to make cookies before, using a traditional cookie dough recipe, purpose-bought chocolate chips, a lot of enthusiasm... only to find that baking cookies is actually surprisingly difficult! The cookies that survived the oven stuck to the baking tray, and when we actually got around to eating them they tasted okay, but they weren't 'real' cookies. But we figured the novelty of baking was enough - after all, fun was had.
JusRol's Cookie Dough changes that quite a big deal. I discovered this product on offer around Christmas time and bought it out of sheer curiosity. I'd never used any JusRol products before, aside from perhaps their pastries (which I prefer not to use - I can actually make pastry myself!), but since December JusRol products have now become a staple in our weekly shop at the supermarket. Truly fantastic products they have.
The cookie dough bag comes with 8 cookies (although you can choose to make 16 half ones, or one huge one - highly recommended) to make, and there is a... pleasant... amount of chocolate chips. The cookies only take about 10 minutes to bake, and the only preparation required is washed hands, a tray, some grease proof paper and a rolling pin. I suppose in a sense a bit of the fun is lost in that there's no mixing of the ingredients to actually make the dough involved, but the end products are much better for sure. It's a trade off between the fun of making the cookies from scratch and eating cookies that actually taste great.
The kids love them regardless. Cookie cutters still work on the pre-made dough and the dough itself tastes nice (not as good as self-made dough though I have to admit). It's become something of a traditional treat every week or so in the house - the excellent JusRol Cookies.
I love to bake nice things for when my family come over but sometimes I just feel lazy and lack motivation to do things after a long day at work. It's usually for this reason that I end up trying almost any mix, bake or ready made dessert product and when this Jusrol Cookie Dough was reduced from £1.99 to £1.00 I decided now was the time to give it a go and promptly purchased two packets. The packets I purchased had a long expiration date of almost three weeks and this was ideal as I was able to purchase them and place them in the fridge for the next time my nieces & nephews were round!
This cookie dough comes provided in your bog standard pastry packaging which is just a plastic packaging that is designed not to stick to the dough. It's very simple to open just like you would a packet of crisps and the packaging is sufficiently strong enough to not get damaged while squished in to my sometimes overflowing fridge which is always good!
This cookie dough is very simple to use, just break (or cut) in to 8 segments and then roll those in to a ball. I found it easiest to cut the dough in to 8 equal (ish!) blocks and then just use my rolling pin to make them deliciously flat and round. It's very simple to do this and takes just a few seconds. I ensured that I left lots of space between the cookie shapes and placed them on some greaseproof paper on a baking tray. They then went in to the oven for around 12 minutes at 180 degrees and once they begun to change colour to a slightly darker colour I removed them. I then transferred them to a wire rack which gave them enough time to finish cooking and crisp up. On the packaging it advises that you should remove the cookies from the oven just while they still look moist and I have found this to be the most effective way of baking your cookies. They may feel like they aren't quite cooked but they will crisp up slightly while standing and leave you with perfectly finished cookies.
Overall I must say that I was very impressed with the quality of this cookie dough. It was very simple to use and quick and best of all the cookies tasted delicious. They were crammed full of chocolate chips and as I followed the guidelines for cooking them they were absolutely perfect. Just the right amount of crispness to them without being too hard which is a common problem when I make my own cookies.
The best thing about this cookie dough is that it gave me wonderful cookies that I'd clearly baked myself (judging by some of the shapes) that tasted absolutely delicious and won me lots of nice praise and credit from the family. The price was reasonable at half price but I don't think I'd want to pay full price for these.
If you are looking for a nice easy way to make some cookies then why not try this. I must also add that on the packaging it says that this cookie dough is not to be consumed raw so don't think about adding this to your ice cream!