Dark Chocolate Chip and Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts Recipe by Jenny @ BAKE

Dark Chocolate Chip and Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Dark Chocolate Chip and Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Do you like Valentines Day? Like most girls I have had a turbulent bipolar relationship with the holiday.  I have bounced between the angry feminist teenager, which was really the masquerade of a lonely late bloomer (long story short, I didn’t grow into my teeth until I was 19).  To the rose tinted haze of first love, which quickly rebounded back to angry teenager when I didn’t get the full (completely unrealistic) Hollywood worshiping.

A decade later, I would love to brand myself as Valentine ambivalent, but I can’t quite let the day pass without mention.  There is something deeply comforting about the familiar affection that comes after the honeymoon stage of a relationship, that makes it worth celebrating even in the smallest (and in my case, laziest) way.  So whilst I won’t be whisked off my feet on Friday, I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Whether you are planning on spending the day loved up to the eyeballs, searching for the bottom of a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, or somewhere in between, a plateful of these Scottish cookies are the perfect accompaniment.  The high butter compared to sugar content makes these simple treats surprisingly rich, and are fantastic served with a hot beverage, or a wee nip of Scotch. Continue reading

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Stained Glass Gingerbread Recipe by Jenny @ Bake

Stained Glass Gingerbread Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Stained Glass Gingerbread Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Merry Christmas everyone! this really is the most magical time of the year, everywhere you look there are twinkling lights and the promise of indulgence.  I think this season, above all others is one where homemade treats and gifts are most appreciated.

These fun stained glass cookies are nothing like the mass produced snacks in stores, and look absolutely beautiful hidden among branches of a Christmas tree, ready for excited guests to discover and claim.  I like to make the dough in advance and stash it in the fridge (for up to 3 days) or freezer, ready to whip up a quick batch of these when I’m expecting guests.  The whole house is filled with the gorgeous scent of spices, and the from defrosted takes less than an hour to go from fridge to tree.

Serve with milk or mulled wine for a fantastic ice breaker for any gathering. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe (Image Credit: No. 2 Pencil)

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe by No. 2 Pencil

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe (Image Credit: No. 2 Pencil)

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe (Image Credit: No. 2 Pencil)

This summer, about every night around midnight, I would get a really strong craving for something sweet. I would look through my pantry and my fridge and I couldn’t find anything that I really wanted. So I did what any teenager does these days, I went to my good friend the internet to help me find something to eat.

What I found was a great recipe for a Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup on a blog called No. 2 Pencil. The recipe was simple and very easy. The great thing about this recipe was that it called for ingredients that were already in my kitchen pantry. Within about 5 minutes, I was delighted to find that the cookie was delicious and just the right size. Continue reading

Halloween Sugar Cookies by Jenny of Bake

I love Halloween! It’s the perfect excuse to regress back to childhood; you get to dress up, watch films you know you shouldn’t because they’re scary and gorge yourself on more sweets than are good for you. Continue reading