Category Archives: Cookies & Slices

Rasberry Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling

macaron feet

Peeking anxiously through the oven door I was thrilled to see rows of smooth round tops with signature ruffly edges underneath. “Feet eeeeek! They have feet!!!” I gushed. Jumping, clapping and happy dancing ensued. Macarons have been my baking nemesis for some time now. I’ve attempted them many times without much success. They’ve been too […]

Berry berry slice

blackberry raspberry slice plated

Summer is my favourite season and fresh berries are one of my favourite summer things. This slice tastes like summer. A thin buttery crust topped with plump blackberries and raspberries nestled in a custard pie filling. Nuff said. Here’s the recipe, do try it. Berry berry slice Loosely adapted from here 1 cup white flour […]

Afghan Biscuits

afghan biscuits

Afghan Biscuits are not, contrary to their name, from Afghanistan. They are a New Zealand recipe. Where the name comes from I don’t know exactly but these little cookies are a mainstay of the home baking container in New Zealand. Real talk… these biscuits are not pretty. They’re lumpy and odd-looking with a heavy slathering […]

Christmas cheer and a gingerbread house

gingerbread montage

We got home 7 days ago from a big trip to visit family in New Zealand. This was the first time introducing our little M to most of his extended family. The 3 weeks spent with family was full, happy and dearly cherished. The farewells were difficult. The flight home was long. Since we got […]

Marshmallow slice

smores slice

I’ve been absent from this blog for a while. I would like to say that it’s going to change and that I will be able to post more often but I honestly can’t make any promises. Not because I haven’t been baking and crafting but simply because life has been so full, bursting-at-the-seams full, in […]

Deeelish Mocha Almond Fudge Cookies

mocha almond fudge cookies

When I saw these cookies over at How Sweet Eats I knew immediately that I had to try them. These cookies are very grown up. They have toasted almonds, coffee, white chocolate and a sprinkling of cocoa nibs. Yum, this flavor combination does a delicious little dance on the taste buds. Just as the name […]

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Snow in November?!

This morning when I woke up, this is the view that greeted me out the living room windows: Overnight a heavy blanket of white has fallen, frosting everything in 2 or 3 inches of snow. It looks beautiful and freeeezing out there. I’m still trying to wrap my head around snow in November. November. Really?! […]

Chocolate Chippie Biscuits

mini chocolate chip cookies

This is a recipe that’s been in the family forever, origin unknown. It’s very simple and quick to throw together. And it tastes delish. For variety it’s also nice to try adding chopped dried apricots, or chopped nuts into the mix. The cookie is almost shortbready in colour and taste and it also works well […]

Summer farewell

september cookies

For a summer-lover like me September brings the unwelcome first hints of autumn – the days get a little shorter and the temperature cools. September usually passes much too quickly for me as I try to cling desperately to the last vestiges of summer. October is a dark month then as I resign myself to […]

Lolly Cake

In my pantry for several months now I have been hoarding 2 treasured items – a packet of malt biscuits and a bag of fruit puffs. These items are precious to me because they are indigenous to New Zealand (like me) and they cannot be found on the shelves here in Ireland – believe me […]