Baby & Kids

Loaded Cookies Recipe by blogger Taming Twins

We asked our favourite bloggers to share their top tips for keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays and while we're not there yet, we could all do with more ideas to keep the kids occupied at the minute, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Sarah from Taming Twins shows us how to make delicious loaded cookies for those rainy days!

Hi there, I’m Sarah, Mum to five year old twins and blogger at

I’m so happy that it’s finally the summer holidays. Six whole weeks with no school runs, no lost reading books or missing shoes. Time to spend with my little pals after their busy first year of school.

However, there is the very small matter of how to keep everyone busy every day, especially during rainy days that the British summertime always delivers.

I love cooking and try to include the children as much as possible. I find it’s a great activity to do together inside as they can both get involved, which stops any squabbling and the promise of treats at the end seems to keep their attention! It’s also a fantastic way to practise some maths (weighing and measuring), science (magical reactions happen in the oven) and teamwork!

So, here is our recipe for Loaded Cookies. Perfect for making with kids on a rainy school holiday.

Some tips for making the cookies:

  • Use whatever selection of chocolates your children fancy to fill the cookies, choosing is part of the fun.
  • If you want to be really exact in making your cookies, you can use an ice cream scoop to measure out each dollop of mixture.
  • When rolling the cookies, wetting your hands first can make it a little easier.
  • If you have time, to help the cookies keep their shape, chill for an hour after shaping them and before baking them.

Sarah’s Loaded Cookie Recipe

For 24 cookies

  • 300g Unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 150g Caster sugar
  • 150g Soft light brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 450g Plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g Mixed chocolates and candy


1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Mix the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs until well combined.

4. Mix in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and chocolates.

5. Shape into 24 small, round, slightly flattened balls on a non-stick baking sheet.

6. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes, or until just golden.

7. Allow to cool before you move the cookies from the tray.

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