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 

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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