Red Nose Day Cookies

Comic Relief, Red Nose Day, Biscuits, CookiesRed Nose Day Cookies

So it’s that time again, Red Nose Day is nearly upon us (15 March) and we are all supposed to do something funny for money as it is the turn of Comic Relief to raise money this year! To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Red Nose Day, Sainsbury’s challenged their bloggers to come up with a Red Nose Day Cookie and I have to say my first instinct was leave it to the experts, you know the ones who can rustle up an edible rose just by looking at a bag of icing sugar. So then I talked myself round and decided that winning is not important, it’s the taking part and having some fun that are. My cookies weren’t going to be works of art, but something a child could easily make by themselves and sell at a fund raising event (well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it)!Comic Relief

With that in mind I reached to my Home-Economics index box for inspiration and came across a recipe for Fork Biscuits and decided they were going to have a Comic Relief make-over. This involved dying them red, plonking a glace cherry on top and painting their back sides with dark chocolate. I’m sure my old teacher Mrs Stevens wouldn’t mind, it’s in a good cause after all. The result was absolutely delicious and the cookies didn’t stay in the tin very long. They are short and buttery and the cherry and chocolate combo works a treat.

For all the latest official information and fund raising ideas visit the Red Nose Day website. There are also some fab ideas over at Sainsbury’s too!

To make these cookies I also took the opportunity to try out my new George Wilkinson, Great British Bakeware Insulated Baking Sheet which is part of the vintage styled range (duck pattern on the back!). The range is coated with GlideX the ultimate performing non-stick coating which won’t flake or scratch – guaranteed for 15 years! I never knew that you could get a baking sheet the size of your oven shelf so instead of the usual 2. I only needed to use 1. This not only saves on the washing up but also on energy costs, often I’ve made enough biscuits to cover say 3 to 4 medium baking trays and have had to keep the oven on for an extra 15 minutes baking the next batch. So this baking sheet was a winner all round for its looks, the fact that my biscuits just glided off the sheet once baked and the saving to be made with regard to fuel efficiency & washing up!

Red Nose Day Cookies with vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate

Once you’ve creamed your butter and sugar together, you add vanilla, colour & flour.

GlideX Baking Sheet, Red Nose Day Cookies with vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate

Roll 14 balls of dough & decorate with a cherry then bake.

Red Nose Day Cookies with vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate

Once cooled paint base with melted dark chocolate.

Red Nose Day Cookies with vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate

I can’t tell you how much I wanted to eat one of these cookies whilst writing up this post, but alas they had all gone!

Red Nose Day Cookies, Comic Relief, cherry, chocolate

No-one is going to resist these beauties at a bake sale!

NB:: I was sent a voucher from Sainsbury’s to put towards the ingredients of my Cookies and I received the Baking Sheet from George Wilkinson.


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Red Nose Day Cookies
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Red Nose Day Cookies that melt in the mouth, flavoured with vanilla, decorated with a cherry and a dark chocolate base.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 14
  • 115g / 4 oz Butter, softened
  • 55g / 2 oz Caster sugar
  • 140g / 5 oz Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp approx Red food colouring
  • 14 Glace cherry halves
  • 100g / 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C.
  2. Grease 1 large or 2 medium sized baking sheets.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
  4. Add vanilla extract and food colouring.
  5. Work in the flour gradually with a wooden spoon.
  6. Form into 14 balls by rolling between your palms.
  7. Place balls on baking sheet allowing room to spread and pop a glace cherry half on each.
  8. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes being careful not to let them brown.
  9. Allow the cookies to rest for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
  10. Once cool, melt the chocolate in bowl over a pan of water barely simmering.
  11. Using a pastry brush, paint the base of each cookie with chocolate and allow to set chocolate side up.
  12. Once set take to your fund raising event and watch them fly!
Why not leave the food colouring out when you just want to enjoy a delicious cookie at any other time of year!

Why not pin for later?

Red Nose Day Cookies perfect for a bake sale! @FabFood4All

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  1. June

    Can I make up the mixture and leave it overnight before baking

    1. Camilla

      As they contain self raising flour I wouldn’t have thought so as the baking powder once in contact with moisture starts to release gas which you want to happen in the oven and not into the atmosphere.

  2. Leila Benhamida

    Nice, always a great treat.

  3. Katerina

    My son would love these cookies! They look so cute!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they taste great too:)

  4. William Gould

    Anything with “quick” in the title is fine by me….

  5. Sarah Cooper

    Will definitely be trying this one out.

    1. Camilla

      Great, enjoy:-)

  6. Sarah James

    What a fab idea for Red Nose Day, fun to make & delicious too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes they are rather yummy:-)

  7. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    My girls would love those, very cute!

    That reminds me I just got red food colouring, mostly with the Valentine’s in mind but it will work for the Red Nose Day as well. Thanks for inspiration 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot, they are great fun and super tasty:-)

  8. Alex Telford

    I’ll be swapping a bit of cocoa for the flour and adding choc drops too – Rudolph biscuits. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Camilla

      An excellent idea:-) I think I tweeted that they looked a bit like Rudolf noses the other day:-)

  9. William Gould

    They look yummy! Could have a load of fun with different colours….

  10. glenn hutton

    These would be great for any day… amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they are rather good:-)

  11. Heather Haigh

    Those are really cute. I do like fun food.

    1. Camilla

      They taste great too:-)

  12. Maya Russell

    Why wait for red nose day? These look super!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, you can just leave the red food colouring out for every day use:-)

  13. Lisa Williams

    amazing these are stunning they look really delicious 🙂

  14. Ang

    Managed to subscribe to your emails so no more missed posts. These look lovely – perfect for the kids as well as the grownups.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Angela. Thanks for subscribing, I’ve only done that for one blog which isn’t on Twitter because I tend to spend so much time on it I hopefully don’t miss any posts otherwise my e-mail box would be heaving:-)

  15. Ren Behan

    Lovely cookies very much in the spirit of Red Nose Day!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ren:-)

  16. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    This brought a wee smile to my face. This is a super way of doing something for comic relief 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline:-)

  17. Nell

    These look great, I love a cherry and chocolate combo. I’m sure they would go well at a red nose bake sale

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and for dropping by:-)

  18. Karen

    Those look FAB Camilla, as in Ab Fab! I love the fact that they are red all over, that’s great! And chocolate dipped too, impressive! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Karen, I think we’ve covered all bases between us!

  19. Janice

    These are impressive! I might make some myself, although I think I’ll leave out the red food colouring.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, I’ve never been big on food colouring but I decided to have a bit of fun with these! I’m sure they would look really smart au-naturel and impress any tea time visitors at the farm:-)

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