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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Caramel & chocolate chunk biscuits

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Everyone needs a fail-proof, sure-to-please recipe in their arsenal perfect for those last minute events you need home baking for – which is where these biscuits come in. Whether it’s a shared lunch or unexpected guests, these chocolate and caramel biscuits are guaranteed to please.

Soft and chewy, decadent and moorish, these biscuits are my absolute go-to when you need delicious baking in a pinch. Not only is the dough deliciously soft and chocolatey, but they’re packed with chunks of real milk chocolate – no baking chocolate in sight!

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Five Favourite: Christmas Baking Recipes

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Guess what? There’s less than a month left till Christmas!

That fact will do one of two things – leave you bursting with excitement that the festive season is almost here or fill you with dread as your mind leaps to the dozens of things you need to tick off the list before then.

Whichever type of person you are, this post is here to help. I’m a firm believer that home baked treats make perfect Christmas gifts – after all, who doesn’t love unbundling a parcel to discover delicious treats? But the trick with Christmas baking is to be organised and get onto it before the madness of December really sets in – yip, that means now!

Luckily there are lots of delicious treats that not only make great gifts, but are quick to prepare and can be stored without any problems – here are five of my favourite Christmas baking ideas to get you started…

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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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25 Years and Counting

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Now Kevin and I are nicely settled in our new home with the kittens we love any excuse to have people over – after all, if you bought a house you should spend as much time there as possible, right?

And what better excuse than a birthday! My 25th birthday is just around the corner (only two sleeps to go!) so we decided to have a few friends over to celebrate with dessert and drinks. I’m sure you know what that means – I got busy in the kitchen and did a lot of baking!

I decided to go with a pink and gold theme for the dessert table, with splashes of white to balance things out, so came up with a menu to suit – think cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies and (of course) cake!

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