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Cookie recipe

Post-swim recipe: simple cookies

These moreish cookies take little time to prepare and are ideal for sharing among friends after a cold dip. Recipe by Anna Southwell of Loves Cafe in Weston-Super-Mare

Sometimes a warm drink after a cold swim is better if followed by something sweet! You need the energy to help warm your body once out of the water. These simple cookies take little time to prepare, and you can keep the dough in the fridge for multiple bakes. Who doesn’t love fresh warm cookies?


125g light brown soft sugar (coconut sugar works well too)
125g butter (plant-based spread is also good)
100ml vegetable oil
180g self-raising flour
65g oats
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Optional:
50g raisins
100g of desiccated coconut


  1. Rub together the butter and sugar in a bowl until it’s all mixed up.
  2. Add oil, flour, oats, salt and cinnamon (and raisins if you want) and mix again until it’s a big ball of cookie dough. Place bowl in fridge for 20 minutes to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 170c/gas 5. Remove dough from fridge and roll into ping pong ball sized shapes.
  4. If using coconut, at this stage, roll your balls in the desiccated coconut for an even covering.
  5. Line a large flat baking tray with baking paper and arrange your balls on the tray with plenty of space between them to spread out. Press gently on your balls to flatten ever so slightly. (You can keep the spare mix in the fridge and do multiple bakes if you want.)
  6. If you want to be a bit extra, you can lightly sprinkle sugar, oats and cinnamon on the top of your cookie balls at this stage.
  7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 8-10 mins until they are light brown on the edges and slightly soft in the centre if you press them. Allow to cool for a while before eating, if you’re patient enough!

Thanks to @loveswm for the recipe.

This article originally featured in the November 2022 issue of Outdoor Swimmer. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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