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Lockdown Rolo Cookie Buns

Lockdown Cookie Rolo Buns baked by my daughter.
They were fantastic! :)

Really easy to make and ideal for those with a sweet tooth and not worried about diet, weight or going into hyperglycaemic shock


250g plain flour
125g butter
1 egg
100g sugar (I think we used ordinary granulated sugar)
5g baking powder
100g chocolate chips (we cut up a Bourneville bar into small peices)
2 packs of Rolos.

1. Put flour, egg, sugar, butter and baking powder powder into a mixing bowl and mix well into a dough. It is best to do this step using your hands as you can rub the flour into the butter to mix well.
I have not took a photo of this step because as you can imagine my fingers were as greasy as a teenager's face and I didn't want to gunk my phone up. Also, we used a shoebox to do the mixing as all the mixing bowls were in the dishwasher.

2. Once you have a nice dough, add the chocolate chips and mix well. It should look and smell fantastic. You have just…
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In a nutshell I am one of those cyber security types, not the type that will find vulerabilities, exploit them then brag about them, but one who will find vulerabilities, then report on them and not brag. After all, I am a penetration tester, it is what I do for a job.
But sometime I may stumble upon a security flaw that I think should be reported to the public, to keep the reader safe and, well, alive.

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