Warming ice cream sandwiches

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Winter is officially here, and I’m pumped – there’s so much to love about the season! Think rain on the roof, lighting up the fireplace, pulling out all your warm winter clothes, and lazy mornings snuggled up in bed… winter’s actually pretty great.

The cold winter evenings we’ve been having are the perfect setting for a wonderful date night. I can’t think of much better than snuggling up in front of the fire with a good movie, a glass of your favourite wine and deliciously decadent dessert. Sounds the perfect date night, right?

One of my favourite desserts to whip up in winter is ice cream sandwiches. I know what you’re thinking – ice cream in winter? But forget about ice cream being a ‘summer thing’, it makes the perfect winter treat too. Imagine rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between two warm, gooey chocolate chunk biscuits… hot and cold, creamy and delicious, they really are the perfect winter treat!

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Sugar-free zesty lemon biscuits

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As wife to a CrossFit mad man with an insatiable appetite and very little self-control when it comes to indulging his sweet tooth, I often struggle to strike a balance between filling the cupboard with baking and not filling his bloodstream with copious amounts of sugar.

It’s simple – I love baking and he loves eating it. Every weekend we have new sweet treats tucked away in the cupboard. But just because it’s sweet doesn’t mean it has to be sugary – in fact, it doesn’t necessarily need to have any sugar at all to taste amazing.

Just look at these delicious zesty lemon biscuits. They’re soft, packed with lemony punch and are topped with just the right amount of creamy lemon icing – and are totally sugar-free. Yip – they are topped with icing but don’t have a single grain of refined sugar in sight. Pretty magic, right?

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Triple Chocolate Peanut Slab Biscuits

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There’s something special about spotting the iconic gold wrapper of a Whittaker’s Peanut Slab as you wander around the supermarket aisles – and even more so when they’re sitting in your shopping trolley!

Whether you love that they’re densely packed with peanuts or that feeling you get you bite into what’s certainly quite a slab of milk chocolate, there’s no denying they’re memorable for all the right reasons.

Luckily these Triple Chocolate Peanut Slab Biscuits are on the same page as their chocolate namesake – memorable, decadent and devilishly moorish. Imagine a soft, cakey chocolate biscuit stuffed to breaking point with chunks of chopped Peanut Slabs, topped with a light drizzling of milk, white and dark chocolate. Sounds good, huh?

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Earl Grey & Lemon Tea Biscuits

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One of the great things about tea is how versatile it is – no matter what your taste is, there’s bound to be a tea to suit. Even Kevin, who claimed he just didn’t like tea in the slightest, has found a couple of varieties he likes – it turns out green tea with a little citrus is right up his alley!

But one of the most overlooked things about tea is how many ways you can use it across all sorts of edible treats – think tea infused jam, cupcakes, loaves and biscuits! All you need to do is fine the right tea and work out which other flavours to team the tea up with.

One of my favourite teas to both drink and bake with is Early Grey. Because Earl Grey tea is blended with bergamot oil (which comes from a bergamot orange) it’s perfect for teaming up with other light citrus flavours – like lemon! Which is why these Earl Grey & lemon tea biscuits are so delicious – the flavours just work.

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A Touch of Gold Luxe

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There’s something wonderful about a soft, sweet sugar cookie – one that falls apart when you bite into it and is packed with beautiful vanilla flavour. Whether your baking them for Christmas gifts, afternoon snacks or party treats they make a perfect little treat.

The trouble with sugar cookies is decorating them. Most of the sugar cookie ideas you see require you to outline and flood the cookie with royal icing and while the finished product looks gorgeous, sometimes you just don’t have the time for fiddly techniques.

That’s where this idea comes in – why not decorate sugar cookies with a beautiful swirl of buttercream icing? Traditional American-style buttercream develops a thin crust while setting, giving them as much durability as flooded biscuits without the fiddly piping.

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Snickers Cookies

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A great cookie really is something special. Whether you’ve had a hard day, have something to celebrate, or just need a bit of an energy boost a cookie can be just what you need. But finding a recipe for perfect cookies is not easy feat – luckily for you, I’ve got an incredible one up my sleeve!

This cookie is a dream for anyone who loves to treat themselves with a Snickers bar – it’s absolutely packed with them! But it’s not just the Snickers bars that makes these cookies special – there’s a generous handful of chopped peanuts and chocolate chips in them too.

You know, for good measure.

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Guest Post: Candyfloss Melting Moments

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Hello lovely readers of High Tea with Dragons. I am Lydia from Lydia Bakes and I’m honoured to be guest blogging over here for Kirsten while she is away honeymooning!

Kirsten and I have very similar tastes when it comes to baking, when Kirsten mentioned guest blogging on High Tea with Dragons I knew I had to make something sweet and fun.

I decided to add a twist to a classic cookie, Melting Moments. These eggless cookies truly do melt in your mouth and with a sweet candyfloss flavoured filling they’re the perfect treat to satisfy a sweet tooth craving!

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Gingernuts

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Happy New Year everyone! After a much needed break (otherwise known as intensive wedding crafting) we’re back in action – it’s so lovely to be back. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and that 2014 is off to a wonderful start.

But now, into the baking!

Even when it’s this hot, I can’t stop myself from sitting down with a hot cup of tea each evening. Yip, even on those revoltingly muggy nights we’ve had recently you’ll find me perched on the couch armed with a cup of tea while I wind down for the evening. Sometime I can even convince Kevin to take part in this little evening ritual – but it takes the lure of biscuit!

While I’m not one to turn down any biscuits, there are some that just go better with a hot cup of tea (or coffee) – one of which is a bit of a Kiwi favourite. I bet you know exactly which one I’m talking about… the humble gingernut, of course!

So with our cookie jar looking a little empty I decided to try my hand at making homemade gingernuts. And you know what? I think I like them more than the store-bough variety – though it’ll take a little more ‘testing’ to confirm!

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