Buttery, soft & chewy all at once. The absolute best Sultana Cookies.
This recipe is one that I’ve tried over and over but the perfect Buttery Sultana Cookie had eluded me. Until now…
Often, I try recipes many times over before I get the finished product looking and tasting like the amazing treat that my ever-ambitious mind dreamed up. This is one of those. I knew exactly what I wanted it to taste like, look like and feel like. Each time I tried, I just couldn’t work out the secret. Yes, yes but the secret to what, I hear you ask.
Marks & Spencers All Butter Sultana cookies.
If only Marks & Spencers would open up here in Australia but they haven’t. Where were you when we needed you, M&S? The relatives that used to kindly bring packets with them each time they would visit us from the UK have either moved to Australia now or can’t travel as easily anymore.
Yes, thank you UK relatives for getting mum and I addicted to those amazing, chewy, buttery, soft and crispy Sultana Cookies. For many years, we have been without. That jewel of all sultana cookies but a mere memory in our minds. I did manage to find them once in Singapore and, like a good daughter, I dutifully brought a packet home for mum. (PS mum, they nearly didn’t make it. I’m sure you can understand how difficult it was for 7 hours on a plane with those cookies stashed in my hand luggage. Oh, the agony).
Well, no more pining for lost loves because I did it. I recreated them and they’re perfect. When I first cracked the code, I loved them but I had to get that confirmation from mum too, just to be sure. And with that first bite and the confident, cheerful “Yes!” that followed I knew we would never need to go without again. So there, M&S (I’m poking my tongue out right now).
I’m sure, nostalgia plays a huge part in my love for these cookies. The memories growing up of having rellies visit from a long way away and this was the gift they would always bring. And the times we only got one pack, and knew with one look that we would need to cherish that pack.
All that aside, these are just plain yummy. They are supremely buttery with perfect sweetness. Golden and crisp on the edges but chewy in the middle.
In my research, I came across the idea to add glucose. I’ve never added it to cookies before but it’s suggested that it makes for cookies that stay fresher and softer for longer. Whatevs! The recipe works so the glucose is staying in. You can find liquid glucose in the baking aisle of the supermarket here in Oz but if you can’t get access to it, I feel light corn syrup would do the trick. They are interchangeable in anything else I’ve made that calls for one or the other.
Why are you still reading? Go make some, now! You won’t regret it.
This week last year