No-bake Peanut Butter Bites

No-bake Peanut Butter Bites

This recipe for no-bake peanut butter bites is based on Arman Liew’s recipe for 3 Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Crack Bars.  Thank you Arman in your “Big Man’s World.” My version is not vegan because I used honey and I also added 1 tsp of…

Carrot Cake Energy Balls – Vegan and Gluten-free

Carrot Cake Energy Balls – Vegan and Gluten-free

A big shout out to Jess at Choosing Chia for this stellar and super easy Carrot Cake Energy Balls recipe. I used sayer dates (soaked for five minutes in hot water) insted of medjool dates and substituted toasted almonds for the walnuts. They really do…

Der Scchhhhhhnecken…or why I like Tom Douglas’ Grandma

Der Scchhhhhhnecken…or why I like Tom Douglas’ Grandma

I am still working my way through The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. Sorry kids no fruit and veg this week…but how about some SNAILS ahahaha.  Schnecken is the German word for snail and the term given to a rather lovely gooey treat similar to the Chelsea…

Cranberry Almond Scones

Cranberry Almond Scones

This recipe is based on the Cherry Almond Scone recipe from The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. I didn’t have any dried cherries and truth be told I prefer dried cranberries. Plus my kids won’t eat whole nuts in anything so I had to sneak them in…

Christmas Cookies Round 2 (Grammy’s Chocolate Cookies)

Christmas Cookies Round 2 (Grammy’s Chocolate Cookies)

Sometimes it just does not pay to try to be prepared for the holidays. All of the cookies I made on baking day with my friend Laura are gone. All of them. So now I’m into round 2. This recipe is from a Martha Stewart…

Holiday Cookies 5 (Shortbreads)

Holiday Cookies 5 (Shortbreads)

My Dad’s side of the family is Scottish so I decided to make a couple different kinds of shortbread this year. I did up a traditional Scottish shortbread which is basically butter, brown sugar and flour and a whipped shortbread which is butter (again), confectioner’s…

Holiday Cookie 4 (Christmas Tree Cookies)

Holiday Cookie 4 (Christmas Tree Cookies)

These are my friend Laura’s famous Christmas Tree Cookies. I forgot to write out the recipe and in truth they are super fiddley to make (even Laura says so). They are basically a linzer cookie (hazelnut cookie) filled with raspberry jam. I don’t know that…

Holiday Cookie 3 (Ginger Snaps with White Pepper)

Holiday Cookie 3 (Ginger Snaps with White Pepper)

I make this recipe every holiday season. My kids love them and this recipe makes a tonne of cookies that freeze really well. In fact, they are great straight out of the freezer. My friend Stacy gave me the original base recipe and my friend…

Holiday Cookies 2 (Laura’s Savoury Spicy Cheese Pastries)

Holiday Cookies 2 (Laura’s Savoury Spicy Cheese Pastries)

This recipe comes via my good friend Laura’s kitchen (she makes very yummy things).  It was one of the recipes we made on our cookie day. These are lovely, savoury bite sized pieces that melt in your mouth. They require restraint lest you have a…

Holiday Cookies 1 (Cranberry Almond + Ginger Chip Biscotti)

Holiday Cookies 1 (Cranberry Almond + Ginger Chip Biscotti)

I had a baking day with my friend Laura yesterday. Ok so it was a baking, mulled wine and cheese and crackers day.  The base recipe is from Julee Rosso’s classic, Great Good Food. I thought it would be good with toasted almonds and dried…