Wendy's Hot Cross Cookies!

Wendy's Hot Cross Cookies!

By Wendy Marsden - 11 April 2019


Meet Wendy!

Wendy Marsden is the Community Youth Worker for Worth Unlimited Huddersfield.  A big part of her work is running weekly cooking clubs with local children and adults.

The Kids' Cooking Club has recently been having some fun with Easter treats.  Why don't you give them a try?


250g plain flour

100g light Muscovado sugar

1 egg

200g softened butter, plus a little extra for greasing baking trays

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

100g sultanas

200g white chocolate chips




  1. Heat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4.  Lightly butter a few baking trays.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and egg until smooth.  Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking power, then combine to make a dough.  Add the sultanas and 100g of the white chocolate chips, and mix to combine. 
  3. Roll lumps of dough into balls the size of golf balls.  Flatten these onto the baking trays, leaving enough room between each for them to expand.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes until golden.  (You may have to do this in batches.)  Remove the cookies from the baking trays and cool on wire racks.
  5. Melt the remaining white chocolate chips in the microwave, on low and in 20-second bursts.  Using a small piping bag or a teaspoon, carefully drizzle a cross on top of each cookie.  Leave to set before eating.  These cookies can be stored in a cookie jar for up to 3 days. 

Wendy has published a cook book, including recipes that the Kids' Cooking Club have tried, tested and loved! You can buy your very own for the bargain price of £3! To order one, email Julie Walker (julie.walker@worthunlimited.co.uk). All proceeds go to Huddersfield Worth Unlimited.

Food poverty is a fact of life for many of the families on our estate.  For families who qualify for free school meals during term-time, the school holidays can create a real strain on budgets.

Wendy runs a holiday lunch club to provide hot meals, ably assisted by the young people who have been learning to bake and cook at the Monday night Kids' Cooking Club.

You can read more about the lunch club here.  Find out what's happening in Huddersfield on a week-by-week basis by following us on Facebook


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