After a visit to Lizzie’s beautiful blog – if you still don’t know it, stop reading me and go check her amazing cookies – I started feeling a little nostalgic: she posted a Calvin & Hobbes strip, and I absolutely love Calvin & Hobbes. It reminded me of when I worked as a teacher and one of my lovely students gave me two Calvin & Hobbes books as a gift - Ana Paula, if you’re reading this: xoxo. :)
Back then I did not bake as much as I do now – with two jobs and working Saturdays, it was a bit difficult – but my students were such special people I would gladly bring them cookies every day. And I’d start with these bars.
Ovaltine thins with cinnamon sugar
slightly adapted from Donna Hay magazine
1 cup + 1 ½ tablespoons (218g) caster sugar
1/3 cup (100g) Ovaltine
2 ½ cups + 2 ½ tablespoons (375g) all purpose flour, sifted
¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (100g) caster sugar, extra
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; lightly butter a 30x40cm (12x16in) baking tray and line it with non-stick baking paper, leaving a 2.5cm (1in) overhang*.
Place the sugar, Ovaltine and flour in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla and mix until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs – I used an electric mixer in low speed.
Press the dough into the prepared baking tray, filling it completely.
In a small bowl, combine extra sugar and cinnamon. Brush the cookie dough with the egg white and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden – mine baked for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then carefully lift it out of the pan – I had trouble lifting the huge uncut cookie from the pan; after a few tries, I slid a thin metal removable bottom (from another baking pan) under the foil and removed the whole thing from the pan.
Cut into rectangles/bars.
* I used a 26x40cm pan, lined with generously buttered foil