Befanini Cookies

It is time to dig deep into your ethnic roots and pull our any connection to Italy either from this life or possibly one past. Everyone may be Irish on March 17th but on January 6th, we can all look forward to having been visited by a giftgiving witch. La Befana flies tonight, bringing presents […]

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Einkorn & Oatmeal Cookies

There are lots of ways to get more nutrition into treats. What works best for you will probably depend on the tastes of your family and style of eating. Disguising vegetables in baking, changing up flours and making different sugar choices can all affect the finished product with higher protein levels, more micronutrients and fewer […]

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Silver Web Cookies

Don’t get your hopes up. It is not Hallowe’en yet. These are Silver Web Cookies for a community picnic. A chance to gather together for an open to the public social event of catching up with friends and strengthening connections. Is there a Silver Web picnic or something similar in your community? My original intention […]

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Litha Honey Drops

Most Litha celebrations are sourced in European traditions. Whether it be an Italian all white midnight picnic or Celtic dancing around the community bonfire, summer solstice marks the shifting from the growing/waxing half of the Wheel of the Year to the half that is connected to dieing/waning and death. Nordstjernan.com an online magazine celebrating all […]

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Speculaas

Yes! I admit it,  I am late, I apologise. The good news is even though these cookies are traditionally eaten in Holland and Belgium last night, they are also enjoyed the whole Yule season. St Nicholas is the patron saint of brewers, sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves and pawnbrokers, just to name a few. But […]

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Pumpkin Pie Shortbread

My Nana’s brown sugar shortbread seemed an ideal starting point for an idea that popped into my head the other day while sorting through some cake pans. Most pumpkin pies already contain brown sugar and although I generally make a thinner cookie with this recipe, the original way to shape shortbread is into slightly thicker […]

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Breakfast Cookies?

Back in the days when I was hosting students, each year always brought a last minute, fall out of bed and head out the door young man. Students that had all the time on the world for the latest video game at 3:00am but never enough for breakfast before class. I get it. In my […]

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Nut Crisps

I am posting this as a starting point. If you like light, airy, crisp cookies this is one to explore. Why explore? Because, like most cooking actually, it is open to adjustment. I made these as walnut and cinnamon cookies but then got to thinking about pecans with pumpkin pie spice or cashews with five […]

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Apricot Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was asked the other day if I ever baked “guy” cookies. I wasn’t quite sure what was meant as in my experience guys generally eat anything tasty. (At least they did in my 20 odd years with home stay students). What was meant was less “pretty” and more substance, so here is something I […]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

“And don’t think the garden looses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet but the roots down there are riotous” is a Rumi quote I often think about this time of the year. Usually from the perspective that while one half of the planet seems to rest, the other is just beginning first harvests at the […]

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