Salted butter and chocolate chunk shortbread

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I spotted these shortbread via The Little Loaf’s Instagram page and thought to myself – those look good! After a bit of research I found that apparently these had been a bit of a worldwide phenomenon and had in the cookie and biscuit world ‘broken the Internet’. After a bit of research I found the recipe, which is by Alison Roman from her book Dining In. They are very, very good. They’re not quite shortbread but also not quite cookies but just the right mix of both. They are however quite salty so if you’re not a fan of salt it would probably be best to give them a miss.
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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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Spiced chocolate and orange hot cross buns

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Happy Easter one and all. I hope you are enjoying the extended weekend by spending it with friends and family, eating many chocolate eggs and indulging in one or two hot cross buns whilst managing to avoid the hideous weather that seems to have descended on us. I’d never made hot cross buns before making these. In my eyes no-one can beat my Dad’s so I was a little nervous giving these a go. I’d seen this Delicious Magazine recipe last year and saved it to my Easter Pinterest board. Last weekend, I decided I fancied doing a little Easter inspired baking and decided to give them a go.
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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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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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Whole cherry brownies

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We’re developing quite a love of our local greengrocers in the Little Birdie household. I’ve read before that having a local greengrocers can help raise the price of your house if you’re selling it and this would appear to be true as a house round the corner is currently on the market and our local independent greengrocers is mentioned in the sales details! At this time of year berries are plentiful and cheap. Last weekend they had 2kg boxes of cherries for £3. We bought one but knew we would struggle to eat them all so I decided to put some of them to use in some baking. I knew I’d seen this John Whaite recipe last year so I decided to give it a go.
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Banoffee coffee bread

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I’ve just started following Donal Skehan on Twitter and was looking at some recipes on his website when I came across this recipe for Banoffee coffee bread. A banana loaf cake with toffee and chocolate chips and a coffee glaze sounded like my kind of recipe. Luckily when I was in Waitrose during the week they had some bananas that were reduced to clear, so this weekend’s bake was decided. The recipe isn’t actually by him, but is by Barry Lewis.
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Chocolate banana upside-down cake

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Hooray for half term! It’s an opportunity to catch up with friends and a chance to enjoy some of my favourite things. Today I was meant to be playing tennis but sadly the weather was against us. One of the lovely ladies I was due to be playing with loves banana cake so I decided to give this recipe, that I had seen ages ago, a try. You cannot fail with combination of chocolate and banana and it was indeed very tasty. This is a Delicious Magazine recipe. It does take a little big longer than your average banana bread recipe to make as you need to make a syrupy topping for the upside-down bananas but it does look impressive when you turn it out.
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