The perfect festive cookie recipe.

Annabel Karmel knows about children's food, has written twenty-six books and is the brains behind a range of baby food and ready meals, a DVD, Annabel's Kitchen, as well as being behind a thriving website and app.

Here she shares a favourite recipe for festive cookies, which is taken from Annabel Karmel's app, Annabel’s Essential Guide to Feeding your Baby and Toddler.

Annabel says, "Instead of giving baked cookies as a gift for Christmas, why not give the recipe for one of your favourite cookies and then layer all the ingredients in a glass jar and tie a ribbon around it. All of the ingredients for these cookies are in the jar apart from the butter and they are very quick and easy to make.

Prep time: 8 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes 20 cookies
Suitable for freezing


150g self-raising flour
Generous pinch of salt
50g light brown sugar
100g butter softened
40g dried cranberries, roughly chopped
50g white chocolate chips or white chocolate cut into small chunks


1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 160 Fan. Put all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix together, then bring the dough together using your hands and knead for a few seconds.

2. Make 20 little balls out of the mixture. Put 10 balls on one baking sheet lined with non-stick paper. Push down to flatten them slightly.

3. Put the remaining 10 on another baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

For more winter warming recipes buy Annabel’s Essential Guide to Feeding your Baby and Toddler available on Available on iTunes and Google Play £3.99.

December 2013