Nutella thumb cookies

 

What happens when you take a family childhood cookie recipe and give it a Nutella update? Chocolatey magic, that’s what! Thumb cookies are such a nostalgic bake for me, usually flavoured with almond essence and filled with sticky apricot or strawberry jam. We made and enjoyed them often as kids, and when I taught my own children how to make them they loved them too. Such fun to make!

 

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Star sugar cookies

 

Last year I was asked to make two hundred individually wrapped star cookies for a school fundraiser and I only realised recently that I haven’t yet shared the recipe! It’s a very easy sugar cookie recipe, but the really fun part is decorating the baked cookies with marbled icing and sprinkles to make cute and unique tea time treats that are sure to delight!

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Four ingredient cranberry shortbread

 

This is one of my all time favourite cookie recipes. It’s just so easy to make, I always have the ingredients on hand and this recipe is a winner with everyone who tries it! I’m talking about my shortbread cookie recipe which I have baked dozens of times.

 

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Pink party popcorn

 

Last month my daughter celebrated her 10th birthday – quite the milestone! It was so wonderful to be able to celebrate with friends again this year, after a very long break from social gatherings, and we hosted a tropical disco party complete with a flamingo cake to mark the occasion.

 

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Make-ahead lunch box filler ideas

 

I hope you’re all settling into the new year and 2022 has gotten off to a smooth start! Personally, I’m still trying to get back into work mode, but it’s tricky with the kids at home on holiday. They will be returning this week though, and that means that lunch boxes will be added back onto the daily to-do list! 

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5 ingredient honey and seed bars

 

Happy New Year! I hope that 2022 has gotten off to a good start – maybe you’re still on holiday (yay!). I had a short break over Christmas which was just wonderful. We stayed home and enjoyed lots of eating, swimming, napping and quality time with the fam, just what the doctor ordered. We also hosted Christmas dinner at our place which was very special. Of course it went all too quickly and I had a to-do list waiting for me on Monday morning. Including sharing this short and sweet recipe for these easy and tasty honey and seed bars.

 

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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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