Custard and vanilla bean sandwich cookies

 

For better or for worse we are living in very interesting times, and the world will never be the same again (let’s hope for the better!). At the beginning of the year I couldn’t possibly have imagined what was ahead, and that my family would be living in lockdown at home for several months. There have been highs and lows, tears and laughter, losses and silver linings. And there’s been baking. A LOT of baking.

 

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Cranberry cookies

 

I’ve been on the cookie train since lockdown started in March, and this is just one of the many recipes I’ve been playing around with recently. It’s been a while since I last posted a  recipe – the last few weeks have been a blur of school work and moving house (I know, superb timing) whilst keeping on top of my freelance projects. I’m sure many of you are also still finding your way in this new and strange reality. One thing we’ve all been reminded of though is that life is uncertain, so bake cookies with reckless abandon I say!

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Chocolate coated raw cookies with raspberry and coconut filling

 

I love a healthy treat and this recipe requires a little bit of effort but is so worth it if you’re looking for a sweet fix with a bit of added goodness. I’m talking about these dark chocolate coated raw oat cookie sandwiches filled with coconut and raspberry centres. They are heavenly!

 

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Recipe round up: Fill your cookie jar with these 10 amazing cookie recipes!

 

Earlier this week I posted some photos on social media of a batch of biscuits I was making in the old “roll and fork” style (I was trying to create something that reminded me of the biscuits we enjoyed as kids). The image got a bigger response than anything else I’ve posted recently (you guys sure love your biscuits!) and it inspired me to put together another recipe round up  – and this time it’s allll about cookies.

I first learnt to bake before I learnt to cook, and baking cookies at home takes me straight to my happy place. I hope these recipes do the same for you!

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Peanut butter cookies

 

If you’re looking for your next cookie fix then take it from me – these peanut butter cookies should definitely be the next thing you bake. These giant, chewy cookies are loaded with peanut butter and dark chocolate and it’s virtually impossible to eat just one. Totally yum, you have been warned!

 

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Sticky marmalade squares

Easy baked marmalade squares

 

The other day whilst clearing out one of the shelves in my fridge I discovered that I had no less than five, yes FIVE, jars of marmalade hiding in between the other condiments. Now I know that I have received a few jars over the years but how I lost track and ended up with that many I do not know. Something needed to be done, and I decided that that thing needed to be a marmalade-inspired treat!

 

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Recipe round up: 10 Christmas desserts and snacks

Christmas dessert ideas

 

Just five more sleeps until Christmas Day foodies! Are you excited? For this, my last post of the year I have rounded up ten of my favourite Christmas desserts and snacks for you to make and enjoy these holidays. There is even something for the kiddies and some no-bake options if you aren’t in the mood to fire up your oven.

I will be taking a short break to spend some time with the fam but will be back in January with some brand new recipes… ooh, it’s going to be good! In the meantime I wish you a very happy and peaceful festive season and thank you for reading this year! Eat good food, have fun and stay safe! x

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Spiced walnut palmiers (with video)

Walnut palmier cookies

I put this recipe together for the Expresso Show as part of their frugal feasting feature last month. Puff pastry was our star ingredient and we made mini chocolate and almond croissants, tomato and chevin tarts (look out for the recipe next week) and these spiced walnut palmiers. They look like a bit of a fiddle but it is actually easy to make palmiers from scratch, and they are oh so moreish!

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