Smartie cookies

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So today marked a momentous occasion. My first official bake sale as a mum. Our Baby Sensory class was holding a bake sale for this year’s Children in Need and we were invited to bring a contribution to help raise some funds for a very worthwhile charity. I thought Smarties cookies would be fun and would also link to the idea of ‘spots’ for Children in Need. I found this Martha Collison recipe on the Waitrose website. These cookies would make a good child friendly bake. Not only are they easy to make but they’ll also be popular to eat too. They are soft and chewy and very similar in texture to the multi packs of cookies you can buy in supermarkets. You could of course swap the Smarties for any other sugar-shelled sweets you have such as M&Ms or Minstrels. The original recipes says it will make 30 however I made 18 medium-sized cookies. They must have been a hit as I only brought 4 home with me!
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Chewy chocolate, oat and raisin cookie bars

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Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? Well it’s a chewy cookie bar. The couple who live across the road from us have just had a baby girl so we decided now was time to make friends. We popped over on Thursday afternoon and I decided it would be good to take a baked offering with us. I thought these cookie bars would be good as they have oats for energy and milk production, chocolate because when you’re sleep deprived chocolate is very necessary and raisins to make you feel like you’re having something healthy!
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Chocolate chunk cookies

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I made these during the Easter holidays and completely forgot about posting this – oops! It was lovely to be able to enjoy 2 weeks of no work rather than trying to cram everything into a week when it’s half term. I whipped these up during an afternoon when the weather was very changeable with sunshine one minute and heavy showers the next. I fancied a spot of cookie baking and after a quick flick through some cookery books and my Pinterest boards I found this recipe in my Great British Bake Off ‘How To Bake’ book.
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Triple chocolate cookies

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So last night I felt the need to bake. I considered something pear-based as I seem to have accumulated rather a lot of them over the last couple of weeks but sadly the ingredient Gods were against me and a pear-based bake will just have to wait until this weekend (or maybe not as I’m considering making something hot cross bun based). So instead it was to be these triple chocolate cookies. I felt we needed something to get us through the last Friday of this term and thought these might do the job. The fact I had all the ingredients in the cupboard also helped. This is a BBC Good Food recipe that you can find here.
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Chocolate chip, oat and raisin cookies

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It is officially half term – hurray! I made these last week to keep us going through the last week of term. My thinking was that if they have oats and raisins in them that surely makes them healthy?!? This is a Donal Skehan recipe that you can find here. These cookies are chewy and crumbly in texture. If you don’t have any dark chocolate or raisins you can easily swap them for whatever else you have. I think cranberries and white chocolate would make a great combination.
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Oat, pecan and raisin cookies

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Following on from my previous post I have been on a bit of a cookie making mission recently. I made these last weekend as we were off to visit our friends Simon and Louisa who have recently welcomed baby Esme to their family. I thought they might be in need of a sweet treat to keep them going so decided to give these a go. I have made lots of other oat and raisin cookies before and they are a particular favourite of Mr Birdie. My favourite recipe is this Hummingbird Bakery recipe. This recipe is a Jo Wheatley one from her Home Baking book. I have made her oat and raisin cookies before but this recipe is slightly different and does include the addition of pecan nuts.
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Triple chocolate cookies

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I’m a bit behind on blog posts at the moment. Life seems to have been a bit manic but I’m looking forward to the next week which is the lull before the storm of Christmas. It’s apt that I’m posting them today as it is National Cookie Day! I made these a couple of weeks ago as I kept on wanting to make some cookies and these were easy and I had all the ingredients in the cupboard and fridge. This is a Jo Wheatley recipe from her second Home Baking book.
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Chilli chocolate cookies

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Ah the summer holidays. The chance to relax, enjoy the sunshine (sometimes!) and catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a long time. We got back this week from a week in Crete (which was lovely), which is why it has been a little quiet on the blog front. But never fear, I have more than made up for it this week with three bakes over the last few days! I caught up with one of my friends Kathryn on Thursday. She doesn’t eat egg so I always keep my eyes open for egg free bakes which I can make. I’ve made double chocolate shortbread and Mary Berry’s cranberry and white chocolate shortbread for our catch ups before.
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Christmas shortbread

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Last weekend I had a bit of a Christmas baking bonanza making this Christmas shortbread and John Whaite’s Vienesse mince pies. The mince pies were a bit of a disaster as although they looked good before they went in the oven they certainly didn’t afterwards! They did taste good though. This shortbread however was much more of a success both in appearance and taste. It was very popular in the staffroom at work, and combines the Christmas flavours of mincemeat and cranberries as well as shortbread. This is a Jo Wheatley recipe that you can find on her blog Jo’s Blue Aga. I used the mincemeat I made on Stir-up Sunday.
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Chocolate gingerbread

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A couple of weeks ago I was in Sainsbury’s when I spotted a giant snowflake cookie cutter. It was only £4 and with Christmas fast approaching I thought it would be perfect for trying out some Christmas biscuits. If you’re looking to purchase one they are available via eBay and other cake related online shops. £4 is a bargain as they can sell for as much as £16! Gingerbread has become very popular at Christmas with gingerbread houses, men and various other Christmas related shapes gracing magazines and shops. I’ll be honest and say I’m not overly keen on ginger. I knew I needed a biscuit dough that I could roll out and cut to use my cookie cutter so had been investigating different spiced Christmas biscuits. I came across this BBC Good Food recipe for chocolate gingerbread and thought that the chocolate might help distract me from the taste of the ginger! The recipe is originally intended to make an advent calendar so makes a good quantity. I made 3 large snowflakes and also made some reindeer (also using a Sainsbury’s cookie cutter).
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