Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican Wedding Cakes

I rediscovered a Martha Stewart Christmas Cookie magazine in my recipe book cupboard on the weekend. I flipped through the pages undecided about what to make…and yet unable to make anything. Most of the recipes contained various nut manifestations which I don’t keep in the cupboard. So on my weekend shop I bought ground almonds, walnuts and pecans. Yesterday afternoon I made the first recipe in the magazine that took my fancy, Mexican Wedding Cakes. It was one of those days where I couldn’t seem to stop eating. You know those days?

The name is curious. Apparently the recipe originates …

Lemon Myrtle Yoghurt and Macadamia Shortbread

A friend from home sent me an Australian bush food recipe book for Christmas, along with a couple of packets of wattle seed and a chilli, wild lime and lemon myrtle seasoning blend. What a thoughtful gift and it truly got me thinking about the good friends I have left behind. It also got me thinking about this really nice yoghurt I used to try-not-to-buy because it was loaded with calories. It was a lemon myrtle yoghurt. Lemon scented myrtle or Backhousia citriodora was named after the British botanist James Backhouse, and shortened to lemon myrtle to market the dried …

Cornflakes; not just for breakfast

The only time I buy cereal is when Kellogg’s have their annual Grown-ups Go Free promotion. Last year we used them to take the boys to Lego Land for the first time and I’ve got my tokens on the fridge ready for this year’s visit. And this time we’re all going on the big roller-coaster. My kids tried Coco-pops for the first time and they weren’t as impressed as I thought they’d be. I remember loving Coco-pops as a kid. Maybe cereal is acquired taste, who knows? The cornflakes were put aside for baking and so I thought I’d share …

Custard Creams

6oz of butter, 6oz flour, 2oz of sugar and 2oz of custard powder is all you need to make one of Britain’s favourite snack time treats. Custard Creams have been one of the nation’s favourite biscuits since Victorian times, and while this recipe is not the same as store bought – they’re just as addictive. Using icing sugar instead of caster sugar and the high quantity of butter make these biscuits very short and fine in texture and the perfect delivery system for the butter cream. If you want to go custard crazy – you can also put a little …

Lavender shortbread cookies


For Christmas I wanted to make shortbread, which is always appropriate at this time of year, but I wanted it to be a little bit special. I’m a bit unfair posting this recipe now when all the lavender has gone for the year, but perhaps like me – you collected some for drying and have some on-hand. If not, then I suppose this idea won’t be too relevant.

My favourite shortbread recipe is a Martha Stewart one, and I simply made round biscuits and glazed them with a mixture of icing sugar, lavender syrup, water and purple colouring. I then …

Choc-chip cookies

This recipe has risen to the ranks of most favoured in my house above cakes and slices and all kinds of goodies. Instead buying store-bought biscuits, I try have these on hand most of the time. These particular cookies are made with peanut butter, and while you might think that’s a kink you can’t live with, I promise you won’t really notice the difference. What peanut butter brings to these cookies is a reduced sweetness and more satisfying flavour. I find the Toll House style recipes too sweet and soft. These are crunchy and tasty and truly the best choc …

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I was in the mood for something chocolaty-peanut-buttery and yet easy to make. Cookies is usually the way to go and I know they’ll get eaten by someone other than myself. I haven’t got a photo of the cookies as such, because to be honest, they look pretty bad. I wasn’t in the mood to shape or even pat them down. It was one of those afternoons. But I do highly recommend salting them as per the recipe. I only salted a few thinking it wouldn’t taste very good, but actually it is amazing. These cookies are great, otherwise I

The 12 Days of Christmas Food

I have taken the liberty of putting together a collection of 12 recipes that will see you through the festive season. As anyone who reads my blog would know, I always try to share recipes that are simple to make and yet deliver the best possible results. So, for your convenience, I present the 12 Days of Christmas of Food…

  1. Blue Cheese Gougeres – light puffs of pastry and blue cheese. Serve up as your guests arrive and use any cheese that takes your fancy.
  2. Lemon Meltaways – these tangy shortbread cookies make perfect gifts for the festive season.
  3. Cranberry

Lemon Meltaways

I was looking for a lemony biscuit to make this week for my boys…we’ve done choc-chips to death. I was browsing through my beloved Martha Stewart Christmas Cookie Magazine that is looking a little worse for wear these days and found her Lime Meltaways recipe. Sugar dusted shortbread cookies with a hint of lime sounded like just the thing, but of course I didn’t have any limes lying around.  Rolled in icing sugar, they make a perfect sweet, but-not-too-sweet bite to have with a cup of tea.

Lemon Meltaways Recipe

1 1/2 sticks softened butter
1 cup icing (confectioners) …

White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I would unofficially call these ‘adult cookies’ if I could.

They are so chunky and full of wonderful ingredients and yet my kids don’t really like them that much. Even though they contain chocolate.

I guess it’s the oats,coconut, sultanas and nuts that get in the way.

I must admit this could be one of my absolute favourite cookie recipes.

However, it does contain a lot of ingredients, which usually puts me off. But these little beauties are worth all the trouble.

So before I go ahead with the recipe, I thought I might share some of my tips to …