Camera Playschool Cookies

If you've ever thought about taking a photography course ... here's a How-To, to make sure you get the right one.

1. If you don't already have one, make a friend who's an awesome photographer.
(if she happens to have a great camera to loan you - all the better)

2. When she mentions that she's going to do a beginners' course - bribe her with vegan cookies to make sure you get in.
(more on that in a moment)

3. Attend said course (called - appropriately - Camera Playschool), which is held over tea and cookies at her studio. 

4. Enjoy every moment. Because you love photography. You're obsessed with your camera-to-be. You think the handful of other people you're doing the course with are lovely. And, of course, you think your friend is awesome.

So ... get going on that list ... and in the meantime, perfect these cookies just in case your friend is vegan. It's a very easy recipe, so it won't take you long. Unless you're practicing your photography on them ... in which case, give yourself an extra hour or two and a couple of batches. You can always eat them yourself ...

Camera Playschool Cookies
(Sesame Cookies with Cacao Nibs)

Makes ~18
10 min prep + 15 min baking

The ingredients
1/3 c unhulled tahini
1 c rapadura sugar
1/2 c olive oil
1/3 c water
1 c unbleached plain flour
1 c wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 c cacao nibs

* Try to use organic ingredients if you can. You can substitute brown sugar for the rapadura, if you don't have any ... and also chocolate chips for the cacao nibs (if you're not vegan!)

1. Preheat the oven to 160C (350F). Line a tray with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients. Then add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

3. Form small balls of dough and place them onto the baking tray, a few cms apart. Before baking, slightly flatten each using the blunt side of a fork (so you get little grid-marks).

4. Put your cookies in the oven and bake for about 15 min, or until they are golden and somewhat firm.

5. Remove from the oven, let them cool on the sheet for a few minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack.

6. Enjoy with a nice, cold glass of almond milk. Or whatever you fancy.

I made my batch with organic ingredients, and it cost me $6.50 (or about $0.40 per cookie).

Yum. And happy photographer-friend hunting.
Amanda xx


  1. Thanks, Soad! Did you tell your hubby about the F-16 rule yet? ;)

  2. LOVE the COOKIES, LOVE the PHOTOS of the cookies!! but the truth is, the whole photography playschool thing was just an excuse to have vegan baked goods delivered to my door... and it worked!! YEAH

  3. Thanks!! So, you'll miss the cookies (um, I mean me) next week, then?

  4. Silly question....When you refer to "wholemeal" flour, would that be the same as "whole wheat" flour?

  5. Hi Erika - yep, they're the same. I forget now what's Aussie or not when I talk (or write). Guess that means I'm bilingual, right? :)

  6. haha! Thanks for clearing that up for me :)

  7. I need to try this out....hehehe. This is a sneaky post. terrible! ;)

  8. Vegan automatically means calorie-free. I think. :)

  9. ;)

    If you're vegan, just use vegan chocolate chips! They exist (or I'd have a much more difficult time with veganism - LOL).


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