• Make sure you are never short of quick baked treats by keeping cookie dough in your freezer. Beat 250g butter at room temperature together with 130g castor sugar until light and fluffy. Add 10ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract and 1 large egg and mix to combine. Gently mix in 340g cake flour and work until you have enough smooth dough.

    How to freeze cookie dough

    Roll the dough into a cylinder shape and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for up to two months. When ready to use, allow it to defrost at room temperature.

    Baking cookie dough

    Preheat the oven to 180*C. Lay the shapes on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on a rack.

    If you like, brush the cookies with lightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar before baking.

    Different ways to use cookie dough

    • Once at room temperature, slice the dough and lay out on a lightly floured, clean work surface and roll each slice between two sheets of baking paper to your desired thickness. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter.
    • Line small moulds with the dough, bake and cool, then fill with custard and top with fresh sliced fruit.
    • Sandwich to baked shapes together using jam and sprinkle with icing sugar.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com