RECIPE: Something Special For All The Cookie Monsters


Valentine’s Day is over!  Phew!  On the otherhand, it’s time to be on the look out for those Valentine’s Chocolate specials 😉




Now we can talk about something else…like cookies!

Cookie Monsters



Baking the cookies was inspired by a set of heart shaped cookie cutters I got from a Goodhousekeeping goodie bag a couple of years ago.  Recently, I saw it in my kitchen drawer and as Valentine’s day was approaching I decided to put them to good use.  My niece loves cookies and so does my neighbour’s kids.  The cookie cutter comes with a dough as well as icing a recipe on the packaging, I went with the dough recipe and the results were not too sweet but tasty.


Cookie Monsters


Cookie Dough Recipe


120g unsalted butter

125ml (½cup) castor sugar

1 whole egg

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

5ml (1tsp) vanilla extract




  1. Preheat oven to 170°C or gas mark 3, and lightly grease two oven trays.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, and mix until combined. Add the sifted flour and vanilla extract.
  4. Knead mixture to form a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic film and place in the fridge to rest for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough evenly on a clean, lightly floured surface until it is 4-5mm thick. Tip:  It is easier to roll a small portion of dough at one time, simply cut your dough in two, and roll one half at a time.
  6. Use cutters to stamp out shapes. Decorate as desired
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from tray and allow to cool down on a rack.  Note:  the cookies will be crumbly while hot, they become firm after cooking down.

Cookie Monsters

Thuli’s Tip: 

  • Decorate the cookies according to your preference. I’ve brushed the dough with rose syrup then sprinkled it with coloured sugar.
  • If that’s not your thing then use the baking decorations from Nicolleta.
  • Another alternative would be to melt chocolate and dip the bottoms of the cookie in it.  Enjoy!

Cookie Monsters


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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