Recipe | Peanut butter, choc chip and oat cookies

Peanut butter, chocolate chip and oat cookies. Simple, tasty and gluten free!

A plate of peanut butter oat and chocolate chip cookies

These cookies are one for those who love peanut butter and want a gluten free cookie recipe. If you would like to make them a little healthier, you can substitute raisins for the chocolate chips.

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Recipe | Bounty bars – homemade chocolate coconut treats

Bounty bars: homemade chocolate coconut treats!

Making Bounty bars homemade chocolate coconut bars simple uk recipe

If you love desiccated coconut and chocolate and are a fan of store-bought Bounty bars, then why not have a go at making your own?

Ingredients (makes 14-28 bounty bars depending on how big you choose to make them)

  • 225 g/ 8 oz fine desiccated coconut
  • 55 g / 2 oz caster sugar
  • Approx. 10 tbsp / 200 g condensed milk (sorry for the “approx.” quantities – I’ll explain below)
  • 340 g / 12 oz chocolate of your choice for coating
  • Optional 40 g / 1.5 oz white chocolate for final decoration

Method

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Recipe | Chocolate fudge crinkle cookies

Sweet chocolate fudge (almost brownie-like) cookies, coated in icing sugar to give a dramatic cracked, crinkled appearance

Chocolate fudge crinkle cookies easy recipe uk sweet biscuits dusting in icing sugar

This recipe came to me from my Mum who in turn got it from my sister. You can find the original over at the BBC goodfood website. These chocolate fudge cookies are very easy to make and particularly delicious if eaten warm from the oven.

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Recipe | Peppermint creams – classic fondant sweets

Peppermint creams are a true classic. Many of us will have memories of making these sweets at school!

Peppermint mint creams fondant sugar sweets old school recipe uk

Does anyone else remember making peppermint creams at school? I think we also had to make little boxes to put them in.

You can see why it’s a great recipe for kids: only three ingredients (with green colouring and chocolate topping as optional extras) and no baking required.

Ingredients (these quantities will make as few as 20 and up to 40 peppermint creams depending on how big you make them)

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Recipe | Tomato, basil and goat’s cheese loaf

So easy to make, this is a deliciously savoury goat’s cheese, basil and tomato loaf.

Tomato, fresh basil and goat's cheese loaf quick recipe uk

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

My mum saved this recipe for tomato, basil and goat’s cheese loaf from the 2011 Good Food calendar. You could say it’s taken me a little while to get round to making it…

While it’s a loaf, the final texture is more like a scone than bread. It’s delicious and very easy to make. A great loaf to serve with soup and if you don’t like goat’s cheese you can use feta instead.

Ingredients (makes a loaf from which you can get about 10 decent-sized slices)

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Recipe | Malteser chocolate biscuit bars (no bake!)

Maltesers, dark and white chocolate, plus crushed biscuit. The sweetest of no-bake treats!

Easy no bake quick Malteser chocolate biscuit bars with white chocolate topping recipe uk

I got the original recipe from allrecipes but made a couple of tweaks to it. A very easy no-bake option for fans of Maltesers with a very sweet tooth.

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Recipe | Two-layer, jammy heart biscuits

Two-layer, heart-shaped biscuits with a jam centre: an easy Valentine’s bake

Quick recipe Two layer heart biscuits dodger with jam centre easy recipe UK

I used my easy biscuit recipe to make the dough for these two-layer, heart-shaped biscuits with a jam centre. In addition to the ingredients below, you’ll also need two heart-shaped biscuit/cookie cutters, one about twice the size of the other, as shown in the photo below.

Two layer heart biscuits dodger with jam centre easy recipe UK

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Recipe | Easy rainbow chocolate truffles

A fun, simple recipe for chocolate truffles. Child-safe too!

Fun kids rainbow sprinkles chocolate truffles easy simple uk recipe

Ingredients (makes 20-30 truffles depending on how big you roll them)

  • 200 g/ 7 oz milk chocolate (you could use dark or plain, mint or orange chocolate)
  • 1 tsp soft butter
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz vanilla/plain biscuits (I used malted milk biscuits, but digestives, shortbread, marie biscuits or similar would also work – use your favourites!).
  • Approx. 50 g / 1.7 oz rainbow sugar spinkles (hundreds and thousands).
  • Optional mini foil/paper cases. I had some Wiltons foil cases in the cupboard to use up. But these are completely optional and probably only necessary if you’re planning to give them as a gift.

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Recipe | Chocolate caramel Chelsea buns

Chelsea buns with chocolate hazelnut and caramel sauce. Why not?!

Chocolate and caramel chelsea buns quick and easy UK recipe baking with yeast tear and share

I very rarely make bread or anything involving yeast. Mainly because I haven’t the time for mucking about with proving. But when I found this recipe from GoodtoKnow for chocolate Chelsea buns, it sounded straightforward so I thought I’d give it a go.

Traditional Chelsea buns contain spices and sultanas. This is a sweeter twist on the classic recipe.

I didn’t have enough chocolate hazelnut spread, but did have some salted caramel sauce to use up. And so that’s why my version contains chocolate and caramel. You can just use the chocolate hazelnut spread if you prefer.

Ingredients (makes 12 chocolate caramel Chelsea buns)

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