Christmas mince pie brownies

Christmas mince pie brownies with melted chocolate

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I won’t lie, the last few weeks have probably been the busiest and most stressful of the year and I cannot wait to close my laptop at the end of next week and prepare for Christmas as well as enjoy some down time at home with the family. Bring it on!

 

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Chocolate smoothie bowl

Chocolate smoothie bowl top shot

 

The warmer weather means that smoothies are featuring more regularly on our breakfast and snack menu at home, and chocolate smoothies (not surprisingly) are my favourite. Not only are they delicious but they’re filling too, not to mention filled with wholesome ingredients – love it! 

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Soft chocolate sandwich cookies

 

Bakers, I’ve got a goodie for you this week. These melt-in-the-mouth chocolate cookies are a sublime tea time treat and lots of fun to make too. I based the recipe on these custard and vanilla bean sandwich cookies. These were so popular when I published them last year that I decided to tweak the recipe slightly and create a chocolate version.

 

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6 Easy Halloween cookie ideas + basic vanilla cookie dough

 

Halloween is just around the corner and we had a huge amount of fun creating this bumper post just for the occasion! My kids went nuts for these cookie designs and if you have little ones at home I’m sure they’ll love them too.

 

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Hazelnut, cranberry and pistachio chocolate bark

 

This treat is so simple to make that it barely needs a recipe! I absolutely love making chocolate bark, it’s almost like creating a piece of edible art. Swirling the chocolates together and decorating the slab with your favourite toppings is actually quite relaxing, and you have a delicious treat to enjoy at the end of it.

 

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White chocolate and granadilla semifreddo

White chocolate and granadilla semifreddo

Granadillas are in season and that’s the perfect excuse to whip up some sweet treats using this delicious purple fruit. I was gifted a big bag of homegrown granadillas by a friend and couldn’t wait to whip up a new recipe.

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Raw Turkish delight doughnuts

 

Inspiration for today’s bite-sized treats comes from Donna Hay’s recipe for raw Turkish delight doughnuts. I adapted her original recipe and was so happy with how they turned out. They’re deliciously nutty and chewy, yum! The doughnuts are topped with dark chocolate which makes them extra decadent, but you could leave this off if you prefer. The Turkish delight element comes from a dash of rosewater which is added to the dark chocolate, giving it a delicate floral flavour.

 

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