Maryland cookies

Love Maryland cookies? Make your own with this simple recipe by Great British Bake Off's Val Stones for Stannah.

Val Stones' Maryland cookies Image credit: Maryland cookies by Val Stones for Stannah
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Top tip! These cookies are delightfully crunchy when made with caster sugar, but you can use half caster and half soft brown sugar if you want a chewier cookie!

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  • 550g (1lb 2oz) plain flour
  • 14g (½ oz) baking powder
  • 6g (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 225g (8oz) margarine
  • 115g (4oz) chocolate chips
  • 250g (9oz) golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5. Prepare two baking sheets.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the chocolate chips.
Add the syrup and vanilla extract and stir in with a knife. When it begins to come together, knead the mixture by hand.
Weigh out 40g (1½ oz) of the mixture for each cookie, form into a round and place on the baking tins, leaving plenty of space between the biscuits because they spread. Flatten slightly with a palette knife.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Leave on the baking sheet to firm up for a minute or two before placing on a cooling rack to cool.
Once cool, pack any leftover biscuits into an airtight tin; they will keep for several days, and they will also freeze, though they are better fresh.

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