Lemon & Currant Biscuits (Cookies)

Lemon & Currant Cookies
A classic New Zealand biscuit (or cookie) is the Kiwi Biscuit, also known as a Highlander Biscuit after the brand of sweetened condensed milk that flavours these yummy cookies.  There are many different recipes out in the world for Kiwi Biscuits and each has a little tweak according to each baker’s preferences – a little more butter, a little less sugar, twice as many chocolate chips….. Continue reading

Dairy-free Wholemeal Double Chocolate Crinkle Biscuits (Cookies)

Dairy-free Wholemeal Double Chocolate Crinkle Biscuits (Cookies)

Wholemeal Double Chocolate Crinkle Biscuits

These chocolate biscuits are inspired by the ginger crinkle biscuit that I make regularly as they are easy to make and delicious (the recipe can be found on the Chelsea Sugar website here). There are also a lot of other super yummy recipes on that website – I used to make the Chocolate Chunk Oat Biscuits from time to time before dairy-free restrictions entered our life.  It doesn’t matter that 5/6th’s of our family are OK with dairy, if I make or bake something with dairy in it, I get the evil eye from the daughter as if I am intentionally rubbing in the fact she can’t eat anything and everything anymore.

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Mmmmmm …… Chocolate & Raspberry M&M Cookies

Chocolate & Raspberry M&M Cookies
It is no secret that I like to bake.  Combining butter, sugar & flour to create delicious treats is satisfying in a way that I can’t really explain.  When the rise and fall of the tide of life seems to threaten the shores of my sanity, a frenzied bout of creaming, mixing, rolling, folding & icing helps the unnecessary worries fade. Continue reading

Caramelicious Cookies: Apple & Caramel Drop Cookies

Caramel Drop Cookies
Similar to chocolate chip cookies, but using delicious caramel bits instead.  I spied these caramel drops in the supermarket a while ago and added a couple of packets to my basket knowing I’d have to play around with different ideas.  They have been added to muffins and cakes, but so far these cookies are the best.  Well, the muffins were really tasty and I have taken some pretty cool photo’s but despite looking very carefully for my recipe notes, I can’t find where I have written them down or typed them up.  So I might have to try to recreate them. Continue reading

Applezac Biscuits (Cookies)

Applezacs (3 T)

Anzac Biscuits with Apple & Ginger

Disaster had arrived in our pantry – the tins were empty! After three weeks of caring for sick kids and husbands (well, one husband but he had man flu so it was as if I had multiple husbands), I was a bit too tired to bake my heart out and fill the tins.  But it was bake or starve as I wasn’t going to succumb to the pressure (theirs) and send the lunch boxes kitted out with packets of this and that.  Actually, that stretches the truth a little bit as I have never made lunches for my children – well maybe when they attended kindergarten or pre-school but once they hit five, it was their responsibility to make their lunch.  It was how I was bought up and I didn’t starve – nor did I complain that mum hadn’t made the right kind of sandwich.  I only had myself to blame if I had honey and raisin sandwiches every day of the week (seriously you should try it, it is really good).

Applezacs (2 T)

But back to the baking tins and the lack within.  Baking makes me happy and I understand that has something to do with the “feel good” factor of providing treats for my offspring but also something to do with keeping my hands busy.  If I feel a major grump coming on, it can be averted by Continue reading