80g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 160c - line your tray with baking paper, if you don't have any just grease it with butter and flour it evenly. Using a wooden spoon, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla essence in a large bowl. Sift both types of flour into a separate bowl, add half the flour into the butter and mix together well, add the milk and continue to mix.
Add the remaining flour, if the dough is too dry, add two or three tablespoons of milk, if the dough is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour. when the dough becomes stiff, take it out of the bowl and knead with your hands to form the dough. Start to separate the dough into balls, forming between both your hands (make them as big as you like) and then flatten the balls into cookie shapes. Make sure to space them evenly and a good distance apart so they have room to spread.
Don't use cheap vanilla extract if possible, you really can taste the difference. Bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly cracked on the surface.
Eat them warm - I like to eat them right out of the oven so that it's struggle not to burn your tongue, you'll probably be a little more sensible than me though. They are excellent by themselves or crumbled over ice cream, with hot chocolate/malt drink, coffee, basically everything. It's a pretty adaptable cookie, you can add flavourings of your choice such as nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, jam centres, cherries, banana etc etc. We were just working with what we had around the house because it was nearing food shop day, and so just made them vanilla flavoured.
Today I'm trying not to go insane with boredom, I've got about three weeks until I go back to uni, and it'll be my birthday, but at the moment all I'm doing is plenty of baking, cooking and reading. What are you guys up to? if you're out in the rain today then I hope for your sake you have an umbrella!