Category Archives: Biscuits, Cookies & Traybakes

Biscuits, Cookies & Traybakes are delicious and often simple bakes making them perfect for people of all baking experience. 

Depending on where you are from, biscuits and cookies can be different things! Here you will find anything from a chocolate chip cookie to a jammy biscuit. 

You’ll also find a number of no-bake treats such as rocky road. These are incredibly easy to make and perfect for getting children involved with. 

Popular recipes to try:
Easy Jam Flapjacks
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies 
Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake 
Chocolate Orange Rocky Road
Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 

Chocolate Orange Tray Bake

Deliciously rich chocolate cake smothered in silky buttercream and flavoured with orange. This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake is a simple cake to whip up for any occasion. 

Who doesn’t like Chocolate Orange?

I know there will obviously be a few people out there that aren’t fans, but chocolate orange is such a well loved and popular flavour combination. I’ve already got recipes for Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, Chocolate Orange Rocky Road & Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars. So you can tell I am definitely a fan! But I wanted a cake that was absolutely delicious but simple too.  

Not a new concept, but a tasty one! 

I think most bloggers that bake will have a chocolate orange cake recipe. Like I said it is a well known, delicious combination and we all have our go-to recipes. What makes this Chocolate Orange Tray Bake my favourite is just how rich and flavoursome it is. I have really packed in the orange flavour which I think is essential. If something is meant to be orange flavoured then it really needs to taste like orange!

I have also made sure that the buttercream is rich and delicious. Personally, I am very fussy when it comes to buttercream and would usually choose a different frosting – like my Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. But I do like chocolate buttercream when it is rich and creamy. To make this even more creamy, I have used whole milk. You can go the extra mile and use cream, or you could be slightly more reserved and use semi skimmed milk. Whichever you choose will still be delicious but will slightly change the creaminess. 

Quick, easy and delicious 

Aside from the deliciousness of this cake, the other thing I love about it is how quick and easy it is to make. Tray bakes are great because you don’t have to worry about dividing the cake batter into multiple tins or spooning it into cupcake cases. You just tip the whole lot into your prepared tin and you’re ready to go. 

It also makes decorating even easier! Instead of messing around with piping bags all you need to do is pile the buttercream on and spread it out – easy! I do like decorating cupcakes and making pretty patterns with my buttercream. However, there are occasions when you don’t have time; Christmas being one of them! This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake is ideal because it requires minimal effort but still looks and tastes great. 

Get creative with your decorating

When I decorated this Chocolate Orange Tray Bake I went for a quite reserved colour scheme. I was trying to be classy with my gold sprinkles and chocolate orange segments. If I was making this for my friends and family (and not to be photographed on my blog!), I would might have added some Christmas sprinkles to make it more festive. Obviously this cake can be made all year so use whichever sprinkles take your fancy. 

For the chocolate orange segments I used the other half of the chocolate orange that hadn’t gone in the cake batter. If you want every slice of cake to have an orange segment on it to avoid arguments (amongst children or adults!) you might want to buy a packet of the smaller segments. 

Uses for orange juice 

This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake uses quite a bit of orange zest. When you’ve zested an orange it tends to become hard and unappealing in a day or two. If you don’t want to just juice the orange and drink it like I did, here is some inspiration below of delicious ways to use it. 

Gluten Free Almond Orange Cake from A Baking Journey 
Homemade Orange Curd from Foodle Club
Orange Panna Cotta from Cooking Journey
Two Ingredient Fruit Juice Jelly from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
Beetroot Juice with Orange and Ginger from Tin & Thyme

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Chocolate Orange Tray Bake

Deliciously rich chocolate cake smothered in silky buttercream and flavoured with orange. This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake is a simple cake to whip up for any occasion. 

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake, Tray Bake, Chocolate Orange
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 302 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp instant coffee
  • 4 tbsp boiled water
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g margarine
  • 165 g caster sugar
  • 115 g self raising flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 orange zested (one large or two small oranges)
  • 80 g chocolate orange (½ chocolate orange), roughly chopped

For the buttercream

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp whole milk
  • pinch salt
  • 80 g chocolate orange (½ chocolate orange)
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan assisted, 180°C non fan) and line a 20x26cm tin with baking paper

  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add the cocoa powder, instant coffee and boiled water. Mix until they form a thick paste

  3. Add the rest of the cake ingredients apart from the chocolate orange and zest and mix until combined

  4. Scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula and add the chopped chocolate orange and orange zest. Mix briefly

  5. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth out

  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

  8. When the cake is completely cooled, make the buttercream. Add the butter to the bowl of your mixer and beat until softened

  9. Add the icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt and mix thoroughly. Add enough milk until you get a thick but spreadable consistency

  10. Bet the buttercream until all of the ingredients are completely combined. Spread the buttercream evenly over the cake and finish with sprinkles and the chocolate orange segments

Recipe Notes

Keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Tray Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 598IU12%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Tasty Sweet Christmas Recipes

Christmas is a time for spending time with those you love and enjoying delicious food. These 10 Tasty Sweet Christmas Recipes are a collection of some of my favourite festive treats great for any size of gathering.

Christmas is renowned for being a time when we all let our hair down and indulge in a few treats. There is always a gathering over the festive period whether it is small or large. I have put together this roundup of 10 Tasty Sweet Christmas Recipes so you have all of these recipes in one place. 

Frangipane Mince Pie Slices

I love a mince pie, but sometimes I can’t be bothered to faff around with cutting out pastry! These Frangipane Mince Pie Slices have all the flavours you’d associate with mince pies but in a tray bake instead of an individual little pie. This makes them quicker and easier to make which is a godsend for a busy time of year!

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy and topped with festive vanilla buttercream. We all love a bit of Chocolate at Christmas and these cupcakes are so tasty. The buttercream is coloured and piped to look like a Christmas tree which adds even more festive fun. They are perfect for children to help decorate (if you don’t mind sprinkles all over your kitchen!).

Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding

Soft delicious custard soaked brioche with tasty Christmas Pudding with crispy edges. Once you have eaten this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding, you will struggle to eat bread and butter pudding any other way again. This has been a firm favourite in my family for as long as I can remember. My Mum always used to make it for us because we liked it so much more than eating Christmas Pudding by itself. It is also very good reheated the next day! 

Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars

Chocolate orange and Christmas go hand in hand in my opinion.  Is it even Christmas if you haven’t eaten your body weight in chocolate orange? These Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars are a great way to enjoy it if you haven’t managed to eat it all!

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

I love mince pies, but I am always looking for quick and tasty ways to use mince meat. These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies are so easy to make and you can whip them up in no time at all. The orange zest makes them even tastier! 

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge

Rich dark chocolate fudge studded with cherries and almonds. This Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge would make a fantastic Christmas gift or you can always keep it for yourself! It is also great to make in advance as you can freeze it for up to a month. Perfect to whip out when you have visitors! 

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Soft cookies crammed with dried cranberries and chunks of white chocolate. These Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies are delicious at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. Cookies make a great homemade gift for people too. That is if you can bear to give them away! 

Cinnamon Cookies

Another delicious gift idea are these Cinnamon Cookies. They are deliciously soft with a lovely drizzle. Cinnamon is such a comforting and warming spice that instantly makes me think of Christmas. Just the smell of these baking is enough to fill your home with the smell of Christmas.

Chocolate Orange Rocky Road

I’ll say it again, Christmas isn’t Christmas without Chocolate Orange! This Chocolate Orange Rocky Road is the perfect festive treat filled with as much chocolate orange as possible! Its quick and easy to make and keeps in the fridge for up to a week. This is another treat that would make a lovely gift for someone. 

Mincemeat Pinwheels

Here is another mincemeat recipe for you! My Mincemeat Pinwheels are really quick, very easy but still everything you want from a mince pie but without cutting lots of pastry shapes. I use ready rolled shop bought pastry to make these even easier. 

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Cinnamon Cookies

These Cinnamon Cookies are deliciously soft with a lovely drizzle. They are tasty at any time of year but especially perfect for Christmas when they would also make a great gift. 

Perfecting Cinnamon Cookies 

Some recipes work out first time and others take a bit of tweaking before they make it to the blog. These Cinnamon Cookies took three attempts before I was completely happy with them. They had a lovely taste from the start, but needed some tweaks to get them looking how I wanted them to. I had various taste testers but their reactions to my final batch cemented the fact that the recipe was ready to share! 

A comforting and cosy cookie 

Cinnamon is such a delicious and comforting spice often associated with Winter, and especially Christmas. Not only does the taste evoke cosy feelings, but the smell does too. The smell of these cookies while they are baking is so delicious you won’t want to wait for them to cool before tucking in! 

These are the perfect Christmas cookie! The smell and taste screams Christmas but they would also make a lovely gift. Homemade Christmas presents have become more popular in recent years. A bag of these Cinnamon Cookies would make a lovely thoughtful gift. 

Cinnamon Cookie making tips 

When baking the cookies, they will look quite pale when they come out of the oven. Don’t be tempted to cook them for longer than ten minutes thinking they’re not baked. One of the best things about these cookies are the delicious softness of them so you don’t want to over bake them! Remember that the cookies will also firm up slightly as they cool too.

You can go as fancy or rustic as you like for the drizzle. I spooned the drizzle into a piping bag and snipped off the tip to get a small hole and then piped it across each cookie. If you don’t want to do this, you can easily use a spoon and either drizzle it across the cookies or spread a small amount across the top. You will get a more rustic look with a spoon but I think that is quite nice with home baking. 

I think the best way of getting even sized cookies is to use a small ice cream scoop. I have an ice cream scoop for every occasion. It is definitely the easiest way of scooping out cookies or cupcake batter. My smallest scoop gave me balls of cookie dough that weighed approximately 25g. If you don’t have a small ice cream scoop, then a tablespoon measuring spoon should work quite well. 

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Cinnamon Cookies

These Cinnamon Cookies are deliciously soft with a lovely drizzle. They are tasty at any time of year but especially perfect for Christmas when they would also make a great gift. 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookies, Cinnamon
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 22
Calories 113 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 125 g margarine
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the drizzle

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp semi-skimmed milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted, 200°C non fan) and line two baking trays with silicone liners or parchment paper

  2. Add the margarine and sugar to your mixer or a large bowl and beat until pale and fluffy

  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again

  4. Add in the flour and ground cinnamon and mix until just combined

  5. Spoon balls of cookie dough onto the lined tins leaving enough space for the cookies to spread slightly when baking

  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until lightly golden

  7. Leave to cook for a few minutes on the trays before transferring to a wire rack and leaving to cool completely

  8. Once the cookies have cooled, make the drizzle. Add the icing sugar, milk and ground cinnamon to a bowl and stir until any lumps have gone

  9. Drizzle over the cookies either by spooning into a piping bag and cutting a small hole in the end or with a spoon for a more rustic look

Recipe Notes

Keep in an air tight container for 3-4 days. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 214IU4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fig & Almond Traybake

This Fig & Almond Traybake is really tasty and simple to make. It is the perfect Autumnal bake to make the most of delicious figs while they are in season. 

A delicious seasonal fruit 

I absolutely love figs. I love their flavour and their unique texture. Here in the UK they are in season for a relatively short time; roughly from August to October. This means we should eat them as much as possible while we can get our hands on them!

For the majority of the time, I eat figs just as they are. I recently made my one year old nephew a fan of figs whilst I was eating one which I am quite proud of! When I want to make them a bit more interesting I make my Fig, Prosciutto & Rocket Salad. But I didn’t have a sweet recipe yet. 

 

Figs and almonds; a dream combo!

There are a number of flavours that work really well with figs; nuts being some of those. I decided to use almonds because I could incorporate them into the cake mix as well as sprinkling them on top. 

I layered the figs on top of the cake mix because they are just too pretty to hide! I cut each fig into four thick slices. If you wanted even more fig in your traybake, you could just cut the figs in half. This would increase the fig to cake ratio which can only be a good thing. 

A simple, tasty and pretty cake 

This Fig & Almond Traybake is simple to make, very tasty and naturally pretty. As you may have heard me mention before, I do like a cake that doesn’t need any decorations. They are also the best for people to recreate. You don’t have to have any piping or decorating skills to make this Fig & Almond Traybake. So if you make this cake, it should look pretty close to mine which is always the aim!  

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Fig & Almond Traybake

This Fig & Almond Traybake is really tasty and simple to make. It is the perfect Autumnal bake to make the most of delicious figs while they are in season. 

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcakes, Traybake, Fig, Almond
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 264 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 140 g margarine
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 140 g ground almonds
  • 140 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 figs sliced
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 160ºC (fan assisted, 180°C non fan) and line a square 8" (20cm) cake tin

  2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes

  3. Add the eggs, ground almonds, flour, vanilla extract and milk and mix together until combined

  4. Spoon the cake mix into the tin making sure you get to the edges and smooth the top

  5. Cut each fig into four slices and arrange them on top of the cake

  6. Sprinkle with flaked almonds before baking in the oven for 45 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes or so before turning out and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Fig & Almond Traybake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies

Delicious soft cookies studded with pistachios and flavoured with vanilla. These Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies are simple to make & definitely a bit special!

Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies

Who doesn’t love a cookie?

I absolutely love cookies. For me they have to be soft, at least in the middle. But I was looking at the cookie recipes I already have here on my blog. Some of my favourites are my Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies. But all of my cookie recipes include chocolate…and quite a few of them involve peanut butter too! So it was time for something different.

Pistachios are made to be used in baking 

I think pistachios are perfect to use in baking. They add such a lovely flavour and colour to your bakes. My Pistachio Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing is one of my favourite cakes. It doesn’t take a genius to see where I got the inspiration for these Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies from! These cookies are soft and delicious and are really elevated with the sweet drizzle. 

Tips for making Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies 

If you are new to pistachios, you may not know you can buy a few different types. For baking you need unsalted and deshelled pistachios. If you have plenty of time on your hands you can buy unsalted pistachios in their shells and deshell them yourself, but personally I can think of better things to do with my time! You will need to grind them yourself which I do in my mini food processor. You don’t want to grind them too finely so they are dust; but you don’t want huge chunks. 

When baking the cookies, they will look quite pale when they come out of the oven. Don’t be tempted to leave them in the oven thinking they’re not cooked enough. One of the best things about these cookies are the delicious softness of them so you don’t want to over bake them! 

For the drizzle, you can go as fancy or rustic as you like. I spooned the drizzle into a piping bag and snipped off the tip to get a small hole and then piped it across each cookie. If you don’t want to do this, you can easily use a spoon. You will get a more rustic look but I think that is quite nice with home baking. 

Personally, I think the best way of getting even sized cookies is to use a small ice cream scoop. I have an ice cream scoop for every occasion. It is definitely the easiest way of scooping out cookies or cupcake batter. My smallest scoop gave me balls of cookie dough that weighed approximately 25g. If you don’t have a small ice cream scoop, then a tablespoon measuring spoon should work quite well. 

If you like the sound of these cookies, you my like my Pistachio Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

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Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies

Delicious soft cookies studded with pistachios and flavoured with vanilla. These Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies are simple to make & definitely a bit special!

Course Cookie
Cuisine International
Keyword Vanilla, Cookies, Pistachios
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 26
Calories 109 kcal

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 115 g margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 75 g pistachios ground

For the drizzle

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 3 tsp water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pistachios ground

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted, 200°C non fan) and line two baking trays with silicone liners or parchment paper

  2. Add the margarine and sugar to your mixer or a large bowl and beat until pale and fluffy

  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again

  4. Add in the flour and ground pistachios and mix until just combined

  5. Spoon balls of cookie dough onto the lined tins leaving enough space for the cookies to spread slightly when baking

  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until slightly golden

  7. Leave to cook for a few minutes on the trays before transferring to a wire rack and leaving to cool completely

  8. Once the cookies have cooled, make the drizzle. Add the icing sugar, water and vanilla extract to a bowl and stir until any lumps have gone

  9. Drizzle over the cookies either by spooning into a piping bag and cutting a small hole in the end or with a spoon for a more rustic look

  10. Finish by scattering each cookie with some ground pistachios

Recipe Notes

Keep in an air tight container for 3-4 days. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Pistachio & Vanilla Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 179IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies

These White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies are a must for any cookie lover. Deliciously soft cookies packed with white chocolate and peanut butter – what’s not to love?

How often do you think about food?

My whole life seems to revolve around food! The idea for these White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies came to be one night when I was trying to fall asleep! I made gluten free white chocolate and peanut blondies a couple of months ago when my uni friends visited. I thought these flavours would work really well in a cookie. So the next morning I got up and baked these!

Do you prefer soft or crisp cookies?

I will always prefer soft cookies. In my opinion you can’t beat a cookie that is deliciously soft in the middle. The trick to achieving this is not over baking the cookies! When you take them out of the oven they will still look quite soft. If you were to try and take them off the baking tray they would fall apart. Trust me and leave them on the baking tray for at least five minutes. This allows them to firm up slightly so they can then be moved to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

If you do like a crisper cookie, bake them for 12 minutes. However the cookies will become more crisp after 3-4 days (if they last that long!)

How many White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies does this recipe make?

This is a tricky question to answer! It really depends how big you make the cookies. The small ice cream scoop that I use makes cookie dough balls that are approximately 25g. This then makes 32 cookies. But if you didn’t have this size scoop, you could use a slightly bigger one, or a tablespoon measure. Alternatively just eyeball it and pick off pieces of dough and roll them into balls using the palm of your hands. 

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White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies

These White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies are a must for any cookie lover. Deliciously soft cookies packed with white chocolate and peanut butter - what's not to love?

Course Cookie
Cuisine American
Keyword Peanut Butter, Cookies, White Chocolate
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 32
Calories 123 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 100 g margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 125 g light brown sugar
  • 70 g crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 g white chocolate chips (or chunks)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted 190ºC non fan). Line baking trays with grease proof paper or silicon liner and set aside

  2. Cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter together until light and fluffy don't be afraid to keep it mixing for 5 minutes or so

  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combine

  4. Add the flour and salt and mix before then adding the  white chocolate

  5. Shape into equal sized balls,  I do this with a small ice cream scoop. Put them on the lined baking tray leaving a gap around each cookie to allow for them spreading whilst baking 

  6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes - they will still seem quite soft! Leave to cool on the tray for a further 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely  

Recipe Notes

Keep in an air tight container for 3-4 days. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Jam Flapjacks

Soft, delicious flapjacks with a layer of tasty jam. If that hasn’t made you want to make these Easy Jam Flapjack, the fact that they are so simple to make should! 

 
Just how easy are these flapjacks to make?

When I say easy, I really do mean easy! There is no fancy equipment involved, literally melting and stirring. This makes these Easy Jam Flapjacks perfect for children to help with, but also great for unconfident bakers. 

I love baking, but sometimes I really can’t be bothered to use my mixer. Now this sounds weird because mixers make baking easy as you aren’t having to use muscle power. But for me its the washing up that I don’t look forward to! That is why with recipes like this that just require some gentle stirring are so great. 

Soft or crisp flapjacks?

That is one of the most important questions when talking about flapjacks. I am 100% team soft flapjack. These Easy Jam Flapjacks are deliciously soft apart from the outside edges that are slightly crisp. If you are strictly team crisp flapjack and need more than the edges to be crisp, bake them for five minutes longer. 

If you’re a flapjack fan, make sure you try my Apricot & Almond Flapjacks too! 

Why add jam to flapjacks?

When I was at school, I had a weekend job in retail. On my lunch break I would often walk to Boots to get a meal deal. This frequently involved a flapjack with jam in the middle. Fast forward ten years (or so…) and I thought it was about time I recreated these jam flapjacks. 

Apart from making the flapjacks extra tasty, the jam also helps keep the flapjacks soft. It’s a lovely fruity touch to these already yummy flapjacks. 

How long will they keep?

These Easy Jam Flapjacks are great to make at the weekend for snacks during the week. They may get slightly firmer as the week goes on. Having said that they would easily last five days in an airtight container. 

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Easy Jam Flapjacks

Soft, delicious flapjacks with a layer of tasty jam. If that hasn't made you want to make these Easy Jam Flapjack, the fact that they are so simple to make should! 

Course Snack, Tray Bake
Cuisine British
Keyword Flapjacks, Jam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 267 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 350 g porridge oats
  • 160 g raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Line a 20x20cm tin and preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan, 190ºC non fan)

  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over a medium heat. Stir regularly 

  3. Add the oats to the pan with the melted butter and stir until they are completely coated in the butter mixture 

  4. Tip half of the oats into the lined tin and spread them in an even layer

  5. Add the jam on top of the layer of oats and spread evenly 

  6. Add the rest of the oats on top and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes 

  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes before removing from the tin and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Jam Flapjacks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 16g18%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maltesers Cookie Bars

Soft and gooey cookie bars crammed with Maltesers, who wouldn’t want one of these Maltesers Cookie Bars?! The Maltesers Bunnies make these perfect for Easter – or any time of year. 

Who doesn’t love Easter baking?

Easter is my favourite holiday to bake for. I love all of the different Easter chocolates which are calling out to be baked with. I love the little Maltesers Bunnies you can buy at Easter so I had to turn these into something yummy!

Why cookie bars and not cookies?

I absolutely love cookies. But I am also occasionally a lazy baker. Cookie bars are all the deliciousness you want from a cookie but quicker and easier! Instead of scooping out cookie dough into little balls, you just tip it all into a tin. Fantastic! 

For the photos, I didn’t want to commit bunny murder so I left them whole. For serving, I did cut them in half again because a whole square would be a very large portion! However the choice is yours depending on how hungry you’re feeling!

Do you have to use Maltesers?

Absolutely not! These Maltesers Cookie Bars are a variation of my Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars so you can really use any chocolate you fancy. Also if you want to use Maltesers but it isn’t Easter so you can’t get hold of the bunnies, just leave these off. 

Gooey or crisp cookie bars?

I prefer my cookie bars like my cookies; gooey in the centre. If you like you’re like this too, bake them for 20 minutes. If you prefer a firmer cookie with crisper edges, bake them for 25 minutes. Then when they are baked, you can fight over who wants an edge piece and who wants the middle! 

What to consider when making these cookie bars

Before you make these Maltesers Cookie Bars, there are a few things I should mention. The Maltesers Bunnies may turn slightly dark when the cookie bars are baking. If they start looking to dark, loosely cover the tin with foil. Mine were slightly darker, but this didn’t affect the taste at all. 

Another thing to note is that the Maltesers inside the cookie bars get chewy once they are baked. I liked this and so did everyone that taste tested them for me. But I wanted to mention it because I know some people wouldn’t like a chewier texture. 

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Maltesers Cookie Bars

Soft and gooey cookie bars crammed with Maltesers, who wouldn’t want one of these Maltesers Cookie Bars?! The Maltesers Bunnies make these perfect for Easter – or any time of year. 

Course Tray Bake, Cookie
Cuisine American, International
Keyword Cookie Bars, Maltesers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 233 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 125 g margarine
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 g Maltesers crushed

To finish

  • 9 Mini Malteser Bunnies (2 packs)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper
  2. Cream the butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined
  3. Add in the flour, salt and crushed Maltesers and mix until combined

  4. Tip all of the mix into the prepared tin and smooth the top until it is level. Place the Malteser Bunnies at regular intervals across the cookie dough

  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes for a soft cookie and 25 minutes for a firmer cookie
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 18 equal squares

Recipe Notes

I crush the Maltesers in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin.

Keep for up to two days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Maltesers Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies

Deliciously decadent cookies crammed with mini eggs. These Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies will make you want to stock up on mini eggs so you can make them all year!

Easter is my favourite holiday to bake for. There are endless sweet treats that can be made with the amazing variety of chocolate that are available at this time of year. People go crazy for them which is why supermarkets have started selling Easter chocolate as soon as January hits. 

Is it too early for Easter baking?

Although I think January is slightly too early to be indulging in Easter chocolate, it does help food bloggers! With it being available in shops earlier it means we can buy the chocolate needed to test out new recipes. This is especially good for me because I give up chocolate each year for lent. This isn’t because I’m religious but I just like to prove I can do it! 

Each year it is a bit of a rush for me to test all of my Easter recipes before lent starts. This is because nearly all of them involve chocolate and I want to be able to test them myself before blogging them. 

These Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies are my first new Easter recipe this year. Now I said Easter baking was my favourite, but it is also one of the most challenging. This is because there are so many Easter bakes already out there. I hadn’t seen a recipe Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies (even though I’m sure it is not original!) so I went for it. 

I’ve wanted to make a double chocolate cookie for a while because I don’t have any on my blog yet. I needed to tweak my standard cookie recipe like I used in my Peanut Butter Cup Cookies to make them even more chocolatey. To do this I needed Mr Curly’s help because maths is not my strong point! 

I may have sampled one…or three of these Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies before taking them into work. I loved them, Mr Curly loved them and my friends at work went crazy for them! They were a big hit and also easy to make too. 

Do I have to use Mini Eggs in these cookies?

Absolutely not, feel free to use any Easter Chocolate you like. There are so many to choose from that you can make these cookies with your favourite. Also if you aren’t making these at Easter you can use normal chocolate chips. 

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Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies

Deliciously decadent cookies crammed with mini eggs. These Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies will make you want to stock up on mini eggs so you can make them all year!

Course Snack, Cookie
Cuisine American, International
Keyword Cookies, Chocolate, Mini Egg
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 25
Calories 151 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 100 g margarine
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 185 g self raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 g mini eggs lightly crushed

To finish

  • 80 g mini eggs

Instructions

  1. Lightly crush the mini eggs so you have a mixture of small and large pieces. I do this with the end of a rolling pin

  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and line three baking trays with liners or parchment paper 

  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, this may take a couple of minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined

  4. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix briefly to combine before adding crushed mini eggs. Stir through until completed mixed

  5. Add balls of the cookie dough onto the lined baking trays making sure you leave enough space to allow for the cookies to spread when cooking. I use a small ice cream scoop for this

  6. Add a mini egg on top of each cookie 

  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. When you take them out of the oven they should still be soft to touch in the centre. Leave them to cool for 5-10 minutes before gently lifting them to cool completely on a wire rack

Recipe Notes

Do not over cook these cookies! They will look soft but they firm up as they cool. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are deliciously fudgy inside and slightly crisp on the outside. These have quickly become one of my favourite cookies!

I’ve seen photos of crinkle cookies all over Pinterest for quite some time, but had never made them. I finally caved in just before Christmas. I was looking for cookies to bake to include in the hamper I was making for Mr Curly’s Aunt.

For the base recipe, used Gimmie Some Oven’s recipe and oh my goodness was I surprised. I have no idea why I waited so long to make these crinkle cookies! They are absolutely delicious! Slightly crisp on the outside but soft and fudgy in the middle – the perfect cookie!

Although the original recipe was so delicious, I decided to tweak it slightly.  I’ve had some Reece’s Pieces in my baking cupboard for a while now, just waiting to be turned into something delicious. Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven which is why I made these Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

I have used the Reece’s Pieces in the hard sugar shell for this recipe because they added some colour to the cookies. The sugar shell also helps to protect the peanut butter inside when they’re baking. This means that if you eat the cookies when they are still warm, the peanut butter inside the Reece’s Pieces is slightly runny. 

Both varieties of these crinkle cookies went down extremely well. I took these Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies into work. As usual they didn’t last long which is always a good sign! They will keep for up to five days in an airtight container. I will be very surprised if they last that long because you will find it hard to stop eating them! 

If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, don’t panic! You can leave it out completely as per the original recipe or as an alternative you can add Smarties or M&M’s. 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are deliciously fudgy inside and slightly crisp on the outside. These have quickly become one of my favourite cookies!

Course Snack, Cookie
Cuisine American
Keyword Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Crinkle Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes
Servings 22
Calories 153 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 160 g granulated sugar
  • 50 ml oil (vegetable or sunflower)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 60 g crunchy peanut butter
  • 100 g Reece's Pieces in a crunchy shell

To finish

  • 160 g icing sugar

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until completely combined. Leave to one side. 

  2. In your mixer bowl, add the sugar and oil. Beat until combined before adding in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually add in the flour on a low speed until it is all mixed in 

  3. Add the peanut butter and Reece's Pieces and mix using a spatula until they are distributed evenly 

  4. Spoon the mix into a tupperware container and leave to cool in the fridge for 2-24 hours 

  5. Once your cookie dough is chilled and you're ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted 200ºC non fan). Line two baking trays with parchment paper and set aside

  6. Add the icing sugar to a bowl and take the dough out of the fridge. Take pieces of dough to form 1-inch balls. I do this by using a small ice cream scoop. Roll each ball around in the icing sugar until it is thickly covered 

  7. Line the cookie balls up on the baking trays leaving enough room for them to spread in the oven

  8. Bake them in the oven for 10 minutes and then allow them to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely  

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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