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 

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

All the tasty flavours you’d expect from a mince pie but quicker and easier! These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect treat to rustle up over Christmas.           I love mince pies but whenever I make them I am always slightly disappointed. They don’t live up to my expectations. This is probably because I always try and fill them with too much mincemeat and then they don’t end up looking as uniform as I’d like!

Traditional mince pies also are quite fiddly with all of the rolling out and cutting of the pastry. Last year I made Frangipane Mince Pie Slices which were very popular and a great alternative to Mince Pies. This year, I wanted to come up with an even easier recipe. 

As we all know the build up to Christmas is such a busy time for everyone with the present buying and food prep. This is why any time saving Christmas recipes are always a win in my book!

These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies could not be easier. You don’t need a mixer which means there’s not even extra washing up! They aren’t anything fancy, they are just simple and tasty. 

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Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

All the tasty flavours you'd expect from a mince pie but quicker and easier! These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect treat to rustle up over Christmas. 

Course Cookie
Cuisine British
Keyword Mincemeat, Cookie, Biscuit, Christmas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 137 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g margarine
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 4 tbsp mincemeat

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted, 190ºC non fan). Rub the flour, sugar and butter together until you have a breadcrumb texture

  2. Add in the orange zest and almond extract before adding in enough egg to create a stiff dough – you may not need the whole egg

  3. Shape the dough into a tube and cut into slices approximately 1cm thick

  4. Put them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment make sure you leave enough space between each biscuit for them to expand when they bake
  5. Make a small indentation in the middle of each biscuit with the back of a ½ tsp measure and spoon in a small amount of mincemeat in the centre of each cookie

  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown

  7. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack 

Recipe Notes

Don't be tempted to use too much mincemeat or else it will run down the side. 

Keep for up to two days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars

Chocolate orange can (and definitely is) eaten throughout the year, but chocolate orange and Christmas go hand in hand in my opinion. What better way to enjoy it than these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars?

Chocolate orange is one of my favourite types of chocolate and flavour combinations in general. I’m not a massive fan of fruit and chocolate, but orange and chocolate is the exception. Last year I made Chocolate Orange Rocky Road so this year I wanted to step it up a notch. 

I have wanted to make cookie bars for quite a while now. I love cookies – especially soft cookies. For me crisp cookies are a waste of a cookie. You need the soft squidginess in a cookie. Which is why these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars are so good! 

Apart from their delicious softness, these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars are also really easy to make. Don’t get me wrong, cookies aren’t difficult to make, but they take a little bit of time to portion up and then I usually have to cook them in batches. With these, you just tip all of the batter into the tin with no faffing at all – perfect!

Time saving steps like this is great at any time of year, but especially at Christmas when everyone is so busy. These don’t take long to make or bake which is another advantage. And if I haven’t convinced you to make these yet, they are also delicious!

As I have mentioned, I like a soft centred cookie so I recommend baking these for twenty minutes. This means you get the gooey centre and the chewy goodness around the outside. If however you like a firmer cookie, bake these for an extra five minutes. 

I would always pick a middle square of cookie – which would you pick?

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Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars

Chocolate orange can (and definitely is) eaten throughout the year, but chocolate orange and Christmas go hand in hand in my opinion. What better way to enjoy it than these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars?

Course Tray Bake
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Chocolate Orange, Cookie Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 262 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 chocolate orange chopped

To finish

  • 100 g small chocolate orange segments (16 segments)

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 chopped chocolate orange and mix until combined

  4. Tip all of the mix into the prepared tin and smooth the top until it is level. Place the small chocolate orange segments 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 16 equal squares 

Recipe Notes

Keep for up to two days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 152mg7%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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!

I don’t know about you, but every year I find it harder to think of gift ideas for people. This is why I like giving people homemade goodies. Not only do people seem to really enjoy them, it is also a thoughtful gift as people appreciate that you have spent time making something for them. 

I first made fudge about five Christmases ago. I used Nigella’s recipe for her Chocolate Pistachio Fudge and absolutely loved it. So this year, I have tweaked her recipe to come up with this Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge. 

I love the simplicity of this recipe. Whatever your cooking ability, you will definitely be able to make this. It is also something that keeps really well. You can make it well in advance and freeze is wrapped in baking paper in a Tupperware box. You can then have a nibble whenever you fancy some and you don’t even need to let it thaw first! 

My Dad was my chosen taste tester for this Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge. He is the resident dark chocolate fan in our family as well as being rather partial to almonds and cherries too! I sent some his way for him to enjoy as a preview and to let me know what he thought. His response was that it was that it was very moreish! This, along with Mr Curly and I giving it the thumbs up meant it was ready to be photographed. 

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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!

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Fudge, Dark Chocolate, Almond, Cherry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 54
Calories 68 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 350 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 x 397g tin condensed milk
  • 30 g unsalted butter
  • pinch sea salt
  • 80 g dried cherries
  • 85 g blanched almonds

Instructions

  1. Line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper and set aside

  2. Put the nuts in a bag and bash them with a rolling pin to break them up slightly so you have some smaller and larger pieces

  3. Break the chocolate into a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the condensed milk, butter and sugar and melt over a low heat making sure you stir every so often 

  4. When everything is melted, add the dried cherries and crushed nuts. Stir until mixed through

  5. Pour the fudge into the prepared tin and smooth the top until level. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least four hours but overnight is best 

  6. Once the fudge is completely chilled, cut it into equal sized pieces

Recipe Notes

Keep in the fridge for up to a week. 

Freeze by wrapping in baking paper ad then putting in a Tupperware box. Keep in the freezer for a couple of months. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake

This Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake is a traditional British recipe with a twist. The fresh thyme leaves are delicious with the lemon – give it a try, you’ll love it! The Great British Bake Off is back and this week was cake week. The signature challenge was a traybake which made me question every other tray bake I had made! Firstly I had recently started referring to traybakes as sheet cakes because I thought this better described what they were. I thought of traybakes as things like flapjacks and rocky road and not cakes.

After watching GBBO, traybakes can clearly be cakes too and I think sheet cakes is more of an American term. I still like calling them sheet cakes so I might use both names to spice things up!

Other than the name, I was also using a different sized tin than used for traditional traybakes. I was using a 20cm² tin which is typically used for brownies. It meant I could make nine deeper squares of cake – who doesn’t want a bigger slice of cake?! However again I don’t think this is traditionally what traybakes look like. 

So after reevaluating everything I thought I knew about traybakes, I thought I should go back to basics. When I think of a traybake, I instantly think of a lemon drizzle traybake. This is slightly strange though because I’m not keen on lemon drizzle traybakes! I don’t like the crispy sugar topping at all; the  actual cake is tasty though! Because of this, I can’t remember the last time, or if I have ever made one. 

Therefore I decided it was time to make a variation of a lemon drizzle traybake that I did like. I’ve wanted to make a cake flavoured with lemon and thyme for quite a while now. I have a book that I write down all of my recipe ideas in and it has been in there for ages, just waiting for the perfect time to make it. 

After I’d decided on the flavours, I knew the best place to find a recipe to adapt was no other than the legend that is Mary Berry. She had to have lemon drizzle recipe that I could tweak; and she didn’t disappoint! 

After a few tweaks, my Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake was made! Most importantly, my Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake doesn’t have a crisp sugar topping, and instead a lovely soft but sharp drizzle. I finally have a lemon drizzle traybake that meets my preferences!

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Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake

This Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake is a traditional British recipe with a twist. The fresh thyme leaves are delicious with the lemon - give it a try, you'll love it!

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Lemon, Thyme, Traybake, Sheet cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 173 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 225 g margarine
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 275 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 lemons zested
  • 3 tsp thyme leaves

For the drizzle

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan assisted 180ºC non fan) and line a  traybake or roasting tin with baking paper

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy

  3. Add the rest of the cake ingredients and mix until combined

  4. Tip into the prepared tin and spread to flatten the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  5. Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack

  6. Once the cake is completely cooled, make the drizzle by combining the lemon juice with the icing sugar. Add a little at a time because you may more need it all 

  7. Drizzle over the traybake and scatter with the fresh thyme leaves. Cut into squares and serve. 

Recipe Notes

Add the lemon juice gradually as you may not need to add it all. You want the drizzle to be thin enough to actually drizzle over the cake, but thick enough so it is visible on the cake. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Traybake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of the best cookies I have eaten. Incredibly soft and delicious cookies packed with Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Pure heaven. 

I don’t blow my own trumpet very often, but with these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies I really need to. When I think of a recipe in my head, I always hope it will turn out to be a tasty recipe but this exceeded my expectations.

These Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are everything i look for in a cookie; soft, chocolatey and big! In my opinion, cookies need to be soft. I find a crisp cookie very disappointing. If I wanted something hard I’d chose a biscuit! I also like my cookies packed with delicious goodies and in this case I’m talking about Peanut Butter Cups. 

Peanut Butter Cups are my idea of heaven. I’d never eat peanut butter on toast, but I love it combined with chocolate. These cookies don’t just have Peanut Butter Cups in them, they also have actual peanut butter in the cookie dough. This helps elevate the delicious peanut butter flavour and also adds a crunch as I use crunchy peanut butter. 

The trick with these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies is to not over bake them. If you do, they will loose their lovely softness which is the whole point of these! They will seem very soft and you will question me probably more than once, but trust me they will firm up slightly as they cool to become a perfect soft cookie. 
   It is not just me who loves these cookies, I got rave reviews from my trusty taste testers. I took them into work and people couldn’t resist having more than one. When there was only one left, I was too sad to think they were nearly gone so I took it to eat later; must to the upset of my colleague who went looking for it a few minutes later! I love these cookies so much I couldn’t bear to not have one last one! 

If you love peanut butter, you have to try these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies because they really are amazing!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of the best cookies I have eaten. Incredibly soft and delicious cookies packed with Reece's Peanut Butter Cups. Pure heaven. 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Peanut Butter, Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 162 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 100 g margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 125 g soft brown sugar
  • 40 g crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150 g mini peanut butter cups roughly chopped
  • 50 g milk chocolate chips
  • 75 g mini peanut butter cups (20) to top

Instructions

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

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

  3. Add the flour and salt and mix briefly to combine before adding the chocolate chips and chopped peanut butter cups. Stir through until completed mixed

  4. Spoon 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. Cut 20 mini peanut butter cups in half and add two halves to each cookie, press into the dough slightly

  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes 

  6. After 10 minutes take the cookies 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

I used a small ice cream scoop to measure out portions of the cookie dough. These were approximately 50g per scoop. 

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
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares

My Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares are the essential Easter treat for any chocolate fanatic. So easy and incredibly tasty but do not blame me when you can’t stop yourself from eating more than one!

At a quick glance you may think this is a rocky road recipe, but you would be mistaken! 

As a child for me and I’m sure a lot of other people, Easter meant making rice crispy cakes. Referring to them as cakes was a little generous because I made them by literally mixing rice crispies and melted chocolate and spooning this into a cupcake case to set. Highly skilled stuff I’m sure you’ll agree. 

Regardless of how simple they are, they are rather tasty! I made 100 rice crispy cakes for my brother in law’s 21st birthday when I was at uni. My housemates thought I was very strange but the hardest part was asking them not to eat any after I’d filled our fridges with them!

These rice crispy cakes were the inspiration for my Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares. They are incredibly easy to make which means they are perfect for children to help with. I’ve chosen to decorate these with Mini Eggs, but you could also cut up some Creme Eggs to place on top. 

Even though this recipe is so simple, people really love it. I took them into work and most people couldn’t stop at just eating one and went back for multiple squares! So be prepared when you make these Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares that they might not last very long and you may want to consider making a double batch!

How long will these keep?

These keep in the fridge for up to a week to they are great to make in advance. If you do keep them out of the fridge they just become a bit more crumbly which makes them a bit messier to eat. You could also cut the squares a bit smaller if you wanted to not completely spoil your children! 

Mr Curly and I give up chocolate for lent each year. This isn’t for religious reasons but it’s quite good to test our will power! I usually don’t bake with chocolate during lent to reduce temptation. This year I bit the bullet and got the chocolate out!

Mr Curly did have to leave the kitchen when I said I was going to make these Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares. Because of that I made them quite quickly which explains the lack of photos! 

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Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares

My Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares are the essential Easter treat for any chocolate fanatic. So easy and incredibly tasty but do not blame me when you can’t stop yourself from eating more than one!

Course Snack, Tray Bake
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Chocolate, Mini Eggs, Easter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling time 2 hours
Servings 24
Calories 198 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 400 g milk chocolate
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g golden syrup
  • 100 g rice crispies
  • 100 g mini eggs
  • 50 g micro eggs
  • 50 g mini marshmallows

To finish

  • 50 g milk chocolate melted
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper and set aside
  2. Add 400g of the chocolate to a microwavable bowl along with the butter and golden syrup. Melt in the microwave in short bursts stirring in between until all of the ingredients are completely melted
  3. In a separate large bowl, add the rice crispies, mini eggs, micro eggs and marshmallows. Pour in the melted chocolate mix and stir through to coat everything evenly
  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and level out
  5. Melt the remaining 50g of chocolate and drizzle over the rice crispies
  6. Add sprinkles and a few extra mini eggs before putting in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours or over night
  7. Cut into squares and tuck in!

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Mini Egg Rice Crispy Squares
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Apricot & Almond Flapjacks

Crisp and chewy flapjacks packed with tasty almonds and apricots. My Apricot & Almond Flapjacks make the perfect snack at anytime of day.  

Apricot & Almond Flapjacks – a twist on a classic 

Flapjacks aren’t something I make very often because I find standard flapjacks a bit dry and boring. I know that may be an unpopular opinion, but I am quite fussy when it comes to flapjacks. These Apricot & Almond Flapjacks are a different story however. They’re soft, but chewy round the edges and the apricots and almonds work perfectly with the oats. 

I also forgot how easy flapjacks are to make! They don’t take very long at all to make and don’t need any special equipment. This makes them great for children to help out with too. If your children aren’t keen on almonds, try my Easy Jam Flapjacks instead. 

Do you prefer a soft or chewy flapjack?

With flapjacks they range from soft and sticky to crisp and chewy. Everyone has a preference to which they prefer. I have hopefully made a flapjack that will appeal to most people because it is in the middle. It is still slightly soft but has a delicious chewy texture too. If you did want them to be softer, I would add another 25g butter and another tablespoon of apricot jam. 

According to Mr Curly, these get better each day. They become slightly softer and chewier and each day after baking. He prefers this as he is definitely in the softer flapjack camp. I have sent him to work with one for the past few days and each day he comes home telling me that they were even better than the day before. So if you prefer a softer flapjack and can resist eating them all on the day you bake them, leave them for a day or so for maximum yumminess! 

You could whip these up on a Sunday evening ready for packed lunches or snacks throughout the week. They are so easy that children could definitely help make these. These should keep in an airtight container for up to a week. I can see myself making these quite often now. I love the nutty flavour the almonds provide along with the soft sweetness from the dried apricots. 

Naturally gluten free and easily made vegan 

If you want to make these Apricot & Almond Flapjacks gluten free, make sure the oats you buy state that they are gluten free. Although oats are naturally gluten free, some are prepared in factories that deal with gluten. 

You can also easily make these flapjacks vegan and dairy free. Instead of butter, use dairy free margarine instead. This would then make the flapjacks gluten free, vegan and dairy free.  

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Apricot & Almond Flapjacks

Crisp and chewy flapjacks packed with tasty almonds and apricots. My Apricot & Almond Flapjacks make the perfect snack at anytime of day. 

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Flapjacks, Oats, Apricots
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 199 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 350 g porridge oats
  • 150 g dried apricots diced
  • 50 g flaked almonds

Instructions

  1. Line a 20 x 26 cm tin with baking paper and set aside. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan assisted, 190ºC non fan)

  2. Melt the butter, sugar, apricot jam and golden syrup together in a pan over a low heat

  3. Once completely melted, add the porridge oat and diced dried apricots and mix thoroughly

  4. Add the flaked almonds and mix gently to not crush the almonds

  5. Tip into the tin and spread out
  6. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown
  7. Allow to cool in the tin for around 20 minutes before cutting into squares

  8. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before storing

Recipe Notes

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

Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts
Apricot & Almond Flapjacks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 486IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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. 

Do you like white chocolate?

I am not typically a fan of white chocolate, I find it quite sweet. But there are instances when it is the perfect chocolate of choice and makes me realise it is actually quite tasty! 

These Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies are an adaptation of my go-to cookie recipe which I wanted to make a little festive. Cranberries are an obvious choice for Christmas and can be a little tart which I thought would work really well with the sweet white chocolate. 

I made the cookies and photographed them ready to write up my recipe and that is when I saw that a few people already have recipes for cookies with cranberries and white chocolate. Although I haven’t come up with a new flavour combination,  that doesn’t matter because it means you’ll just have more variations of a similar recipe to try and see which one you prefer!

It’s all about soft cookies!

The reason why I like this cookie recipe so much is because I love a soft cookie. I have always been a soft cookie fan. I want a squidge to my cookie and for it to have a soft bend not a crisp snap like some do.

One of the secrets behind a soft cookie is not cooking them for too long. After being baked, they will be soft to touch in the middle and you may be tempted to bake them for a few minutes longer thinking they aren’t quite done – but don’t! They will harden up slightly as they cool making the perfect soft cookie. 

These cookies will keep in an airtight container for at least 4-5 days. As they get older, they will become slightly more crisp on the outside which is another reason to make sure you don’t cook them for too long in the first place!

This recipe is really simple and quick to make which is another reason why it is great for Christmas. You can make a batch of these cookies and keep them for when people pop in over Christmas, because people always pop in! They would also make a really lovely present as people do love a homemade gift!

I wanted these cookies to look rustic and obviously homemade which is why when I was shaping them I didn’t smooth them. This gives them a slightly rougher and more textured look to the edges. If you did want them to look a bit more ‘perfect’, smooth the balls of cookie dough between the palms of your hand to smooth them before putting them on the baking tray. 

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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.
Course Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword Cookies, White Chocolate, Cranberry
Servings 40
Calories 88 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 125 g margarine
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100 g white chocolate chunks/chips
  • 100 g dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted 200ºC non fan). Line baking trays with grease proof paper or silicon liner and set aside

  2. Cream the butter and the sugars 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 dried cranberries and white chocolate
  5. Shape into equal sized balls. To do this I use a tablespoon measure to scoop out the mix. You can then put the mix onto the trays as they are or roll them between your palms to create a smoother ball. Leave a good gap between each cookie to allow for spreading whilst cooking
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes before leaving 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
Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Orange Rocky Road

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!

Chocolate Orange Rocky Road means it’s Christmas! 

Chocolate Orange is delicious anytime of year, but it is almost essential at Christmas. For as long as I can remember, we have always bought my Mum a Terry’s Chocolate Orange at Christmas. Then as my sister and I grew up, we each bought her one so she ended up with quite a few to keep her stocked for the rest of the year!

Chocolate orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations. I’m not generally a fan of fruit and chocolate but there is definitely something about chocolate orange that makes it irresistible. There are lots of chocolate orange flavoured chocolates and biscuits available, even more so around Christmas. If you can’t find one of the ingredients below though, just substitute it with something you fancy or increase the quantities of another ingredient. 

Simple, delicious and great to make ahead of time

Rocky Road is such a simple and delicious treat that anyone can make. This Chocolate Orange Rocky Road is a great recipe for children to help with. They would only need supervision melting the chocolate as the biscuits can be crushed and broken by hand. It only takes a couple of minutes to assemble and then can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for at least a week. This is a great recipe to make when you have a spare minute over Christmas that can be stored ready to bring out when you have guests. 

People tend to get a lot of chocolate at Christmas. If like my Mum you get a few chocolate oranges, this is a good way to use them up! That is if you don’t just want to sit there and munch your way through them. 

A tasty homemade gift 

As well as making a tasty treat over the festive season, this Chocolate Orange Rocky Road makes a great gift for your loved ones. These days people like to give homemade gifts. It is a thoughtful present as it typically takes more time and effort which the gift receiver can appreciate. This makes a particularly good gift because it doesn’t have to be eaten straight away. This also means you don’t have to rush to make it on the day you want to give it. 

 

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Chocolate Orange Rocky Road

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!

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Chocolate Orange, Rocky Road, No Bake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Fridge time 3 hours
Servings 12
Calories 373 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 200 g chocolate orange
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 100 g butter unsalted
  • 150 g golden syrup
  • 125 g chocolate orange KitKats
  • 100 g orange Matchmakers
  • 100 g digestive biscuits
  • 50 g marshmallows
  • Mini chocolate orange segments and sprinkles to decorate optional

Instructions

  1. Line a 20x20cm tin with parchment paper and set aside

  2. Add the chocolate orange to a heatproof bowl along with the milk chocolate broken into chunks, the butter and golden syrup
  3. Melt in the microwave in short bursts, stirring after each burst
  4. Cut up the KitKats and Matchmakers into small chunks and break the biscuits up. Add them to a bowl
  5. Add the marshmallows to the cut up chocolate and then pour over the melted chocolate
  6. Mix until everything is covered in the melted chocolate
  7. Tip it all into the prepared tin and level out. Add a few mini orange segments and sprinkles
  8. Put in the fridge to set for at least a couple of hours, or overnight

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Rocky Road
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 208IU4%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Unicorn Rocky Road

Colourful, chocolaty and deliciously sweet. This Unicorn Rocky Road will hopefully make you smile both because of its taste and also because of it’s bright and fun look.

Unicorn Rocky Road is the perfect treat for fans of white chocolate or sweet things in general. I initially came up with the recipe thinking it would be great for children because of all of the bright colours and sprinkles, but it turns out adults love it too – Mr Curly being one of them!

Unicorn inspired food is very popular at the moment and when thinking of how I could come up with an original recipe inspired by this trend, rocky road was the first thing that jumped into my head. 

For years I have been making rocky road, especially around Christmas time to give as gifts. In the past few months I have been adapting my recipe to create even more delicious ways to enjoy it. Check out my Caramel Rocky Road for another yummy way to enjoy this tasty treat. 

I love rocky road because it is so versatile and easy to make. You can tailor make it to include all of your favourite things using a base recipe. Once you have chosen your ingredients and mixed them with the melted chocolate, it is then as easy as letting it chill in the fridge. This also makes it a great recipe to get the kids involved with as they would only really need supervision and help melting the chocolate.

When I first made this, I had some sparkly white chocolate M&Ms which Mr Curly had brought back from a work trip to America for me. I’m always jealous of the huge range of chocolate and candy available in America that we don’t get here in the UK. If you live in America and are lucky enough to have these, leave out the white chocolate buttons and add the white chocolate M&Ms instead. 

I feel the need to say that this recipe won’t be for everyone. If you aren’t a fan of white chocolate or very sweet things, then this recipe unfortunately won’t be for you. It can be quite sickly – well that is my opinion because I always find white chocolate very sweet; so I do recommend cutting the rocky road into relatively small squares. 

Unicorn Rocky Road would be a great gift for someone; I put it in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. Homemade gifts always go down well in my opinion because they can be more thoughtful than other gifts.

This rocky road can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for at least a week. But I’m not going to lie to you, it won’t stay in your fridge anywhere near that long because it will mysteriously disappear before your eyes. 

300g white chocolate
100g golden syrup
100g unsalted butter
125g white chocolate fingers
80g mini marshmallows
85g jelly beans
100g white chocolate buttons

60g sprinkles

To decorate
1 tbsp popping candy
1 tbsp mini jazzies 
1 tbsp sprinkles

  1. Line a 20x20cm square tin with baking parchment 
  2. Break the white chocolate into chunks and put them in a heatproof bowl along with the butter and golden syrup
  3. Melt the ingredients either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water. If you use the microwave, use short bursts of power and stir in between each burst. If you are using a pan, make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl
  4. Once the chocolate has melted, set it aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients
  5. In a large bowl, break up the white chocolate fingers and add the mini marshmallows, jelly beans and sprinkles 
  6. Add the melted white chocolate mix to the other ingredients and stir through
  7. Tip the mix into the tin and spread out as evenly as you can

  1. Sprinkle the top with the popping candy, mini jazzies and sprinkes

  1. Leave to set in the fridge for at least a couple of hours or overnight. Once completely cooled, cut into small squares 

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