Sugar Lockdowns

3 June 2020

For many people, one of the hardest parts of the coronavirus lockdown has been not being able to see family and that’s been especially difficult for grandparents, who possibly live alone and depend on close family contact.

So, to keep up her Nanna’s spirits between daily phone calls, Year 7 Sophie Hamer decided to make some special cookies she named Sugar Lockdowns.

Sophie wanted to share her recipe with a wider audience, so here is how she made them.



  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 330g plain flour


How to make Sugar Lockdowns

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
  2. Grease a baking tray ready for the mixture.
  3. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.
  5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into whatever shapes you like.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking tray until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Give to your Nanna, following social distancing guidelines, to enjoy and let her know you love her!