Festive chocolate and coconut cookies

 

Let’s fit one more recipe in before the end of the year shall we? I’ve been seeing so many beautiful holiday bakes over on Instagram lately, which has given me even more inspiration to get baking (not that I need much motivation in that department). Cookies and Christmas just go together perfectly!

 

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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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Gingerbread squares

Gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing

 

Just four sleeps until Christmas (I get the daily count down from my kids, ha ha!) and just time to squeeze in a festive treat to enjoy these holidays. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until I’ve baked something spiced and the homely aromas that come from the kitchen when this gingerbread cake is in the oven are so enticing and comforting.

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Spooky spiderweb cake

Spider web red velvet cake with chocolate cream cheese icing and chocolate ghosts

 

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s interesting to see how this holiday has taken off in S.A. over the last few years. When I was a child Halloween was a holiday we saw in movies and on t.v. shows but never celebrated ourselves. This year my kids want to dress up and many neighbourhoods are organising (socially distanced) trick or treating. I decided that I would create a “spooktacular” cake to mark the occasion and for a bit of fun!

 

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Holiday pull-apart buns

 

It’s my last blog post for 2019, and I hope you’ll like this Christmas treat that I’ve put together. These cinnamon roll style pull-apart buns are filled with a sweet orange, cranberry and pistachio filling, brushed with a honey glaze and drizzled with cream cheese icing. Great for sharing at brunch or tea time!

 

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Custard and mince pie ice cream sandwiches

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Can I get a hooray for summer holidays? Sunshine, family time and of course delicious food are all on the menu for the next few weeks, and I can’t wait! Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge a little, and I was thrilled when Ultra Mel asked me to put together a festive recipe using their vanilla custard.

 

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Marzipan and pistachio truffles

 

Let’s make something Christmassy shall we? Marzipan is very traditional at this time of the year, but did you know how easy it is to make your own marzipan at home? Not to mention the fact that homemade marzipan tastes amazing!

 

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