Christmas Squares

I’ve adapted this recipe from Jane’s Patisserie. She’s a little Christmas obsessed which is no bad thing! I’ve made a similar recipe to this for Easter before using Chocolate Eggs, but the addition of cinnamon is special and wonderful.

I’ve popped a few variations in the recipe for you to try and as usual, I’ve reduced the sugar as they are quite sweet with the M&M’s and the chocolate chips. They turned out still sweet and very delicious! Quick and easy to make, easy to adapt …. what’s not to love??

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The Perfect Biscuit Recipe!

This biscuit recipe is the bees knees! It is very simple to make and creates the most wonderfully, soft and easy to use dough that cuts out shapes beautifully. It’s so easy to adapt too. I’ve given a few hints at the bottom of the recipe but I’m sure you will have lots of your own ideas.

I’ve used cutters but also used the push down shapes too and everything just works. Love it!! Definitely one to keep and use again and again with lots of different flavours.

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Homemade Custard Cream Biscuits

These are not perfect copies of the original Custard Cream biscuits but they taste amazing! A real treat is they taste even better the next day as the cream and biscuit blend beautifully together. They are pretty straightforward to make and will go down very well with everyone.

I know that we all try to eat more healthily and to reduce refined sugar in our diets and especially when baking and/or cooking for younger people but at least when you bake your own treats, there are no hidden ingredients and you know exactly what you’re serving up. It’s about having one or two and putting them away till the next time. Everything in moderation!

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Coconut Macaroons – Gluten Free

If you want to make something really delicious in a very short time, then these macaroons are the answer. You can make them in different shapes and sizes depending on the occasion but they never fail to please!

Just 3 simple ingredients (well four if you count the chocolate drizzle on top) and 10 minutes to put together with 18 in the oven. That’s it! The fact they’re gluten free is a bonus!

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Gluten Free Christmas Cake

I have another lovely fruit cake recipe here on cozebakes and I’ve used it for a Christmas Cake before. It’s very fruity and a lovely traditional fruit cake. It’s a 7″ square cake which can be cut to make 2 gift cakes or keep all for yourself!

This is a new recipe I tried and it’s also a lovely bake, probably a little spicier than the Fruit Cake and will work really well for a Christmas cake also. It makes an 8″ / 20cm round cake though I made it in a 6″ as requested and used the leftover for a mini trial cake. There has to be a cook’s treat!!

My advice? Read both recipes and decide which rings your bell. I can stand over both as delicious and impossible to tell the difference from a regular non gluten free cake. Here’s a link to the other recipe for you to check out: https://cozebakes.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/fruit-cake-gluten-free/

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Sticky Gingerbread Bundt Cake

A spiced, sticky ginger cake which is one of my favourite! This very simple bundt cake recipe is flavoured with ginger and cinnamon and has a wonderful sense of the festive season about it. I do have a bit of a thing for bundt tins but you can use a standard 20cm instead 🙂 

I decorated it with white dripping icing and pomegranate seeds as it was made originally at Christmas, but as the season changes, you could make a coulis from raspberries and pour it over while saving some whole ones to decorate. Once it gets closer to summer, using Passion Fruit to drizzle over would make a great taste combination and the colour would look fantastic. 

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