CHOCOLATE PECAN DAIRY AND GLUTEN FREE OATMEAL COOKIES {gluten, dairy, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free}

Perfectly crumbly, incredibly easy and quick to make, and almost dangerously delicious, these chocolate pecan dairy and gluten free oatmeal cookies hit the spot just right. They have it all – the taste, the textures, the smell… and you will want to make them again and again. And again.

Chocolate Pecan Dairy and Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies - Perfectly crumbly, incredibly easy and quick to make, and almost dangerously delicious, these gluten free oatmeal cookies hit the spot just right. They have it all – the taste, the textures, the smell… and you will want to make them again and again. And again.

Where do you find your inspiration? I find it in ridiculously random situations, like sneaky snack attacks, where you’re not actually hungry for food, but for taste, and textures, and smells. And so you walk around your kitchen, and take a bite of this and that, and you realise that anchovies go amazingly well with walnuts, and you decide that the combination of chocolate and pecans is heavenly, only to be further improved with a pinch of oats. Of course, you are incredibly proud of yourself for discovering such groundbreaking flavour combinations – never mind that they have been around for eons. 

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CINNAMON SUGAR PUFF PASTRY PALMIERS {egg, nut & soy free}

25 minutes and 4 ingredients is all you need to feast on these delightfully flaky, buttery cinnamon sugar puff pastry palmiers. Easy and quick to make, they are so out-of-this-world delicious, you will want to make them again and again!

Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Palmiers - 25 minutes and 4 ingredients is all you need to feast on these delightfully flaky, buttery cinnamon sugar puff pastry palmiers. Easy and quick to make, they are so out-of-this-world delicious, you will want to make them again and again!

A-and, we’re right back to the sweet stuff. Didn’t take long, did it? Today brings to you the second instalment of the puff pastry saga (I hope you didn’t miss the first part, those prosciutto puff pastry twists sure were delicious). Today’s recipe: cinnamon sugar puff pastry palmiers. Wikipedia (such a reliable source of information, don’t you think?) tells us that the word “palmier” is French for ‘palm tree’ (Where? I cant see it. I suppose if you squint really hard… in a dark room…), and that these sweet, buttery, flaky pastries can also be called ‘pig’s ears’ or ‘elephant ears’. Nope, again, don’t see it.

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QUICK VANILLA SHORTBREAD COOKIES {egg, nut & soy free}

This easy recipe guarantees perfectly crumbly, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth vanilla shortbread cookies every single time. Requiring less than 45 minutes, it’s ideal for satisfying sneaky cookie cravings, or as a mid-week bake when you want something sweet and delicious, but are short on time.

Quick Vanilla Shortbread Cookies - This easy recipe guarantees perfectly crumbly, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread cookies every single time. Requiring less than 45 minutes, it’s ideal for satisfying sneaky cookie cravings, or as a mid-week bake when you want something sweet and delicious, but are short on time.

We’re going really basic today. We’re making quick vanilla shortbread cookies. I’m not being patronising. It’s highly likely you’ve made them before, and yes, they are really simple to make. But perhaps you’ve had problems with them being too crumbly or not crumbly enough or too dry or without the ‘snap’ or, or, or. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t underestimate how much can go wrong even with simple recipes. Which is why having a good basic recipe is so important and why you should definitely read on. Because this recipe ensures you get perfectly buttery, crumbly vanilla shortbread cookies that will melt in your mouth and can… also be used as air fresheners. Just put a cookie in each room and your house will smell a-h-mazing. Plus, you won’t have to leave the room when that sneaky cookie craving strikes. It’s a win-win situation, really.

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QUICK GINGERBREAD COOKIES {nut & soy free}

Satisfyingly dense and chewy, but at the same time somehow also airy and crumbly, these quick gingerbread cookies combine all the best cookie characteristics. Incredibly flavourful from the warming spices and molasses, they taste like the very essence of Christmas. On top of that, they are very easy and quick to prepare, which makes them the ideal sweet treat during this busy (but oh-so-wonderful) Christmas time.

This is the third recipe in the series ‘The Loopy Christmas 2016’ (all recipes in this series can be found in the recipe index under ‘Christmas’) – watch this space for more Christmas yumminess. Missed the previous recipes? Check out these adorable Rudolph Mexican hot chocolate and Christmas tree cinnamon cupcakes!

Quick Gingerbread Cookies - Satisfyingly dense and chewy, but at the same time somehow also airy and crumbly, these quick gingerbread cookies combine all the best cookie characteristics. Incredibly flavourful from the warming spices and molasses, they taste like the very essence of Christmas. Very easy and quick to prepare, they are the ideal sweet treat this Christmas.

Only one week ’til Christmas, you guys! Are we ridiculously excited about this or are we ridiculously excited about this? It’s like every December we revert to five-year-olds (okay, I revert to a five-year-old), but because it’s Christmas (or rather almost-there-not-long-now-basically-Christmas-already) it’s totally permissible and we (okay okay: I) can pass it off as quirky excitement rather than… you know… behaviour that kind of deserves a raised eyebrow and the shouldn’t-you-start-acting-your-age look. But it’s Christmas time. So awkwardly dancing (shuffling) to ‘Jingle Bells’ and singing along to ‘Winter Wonderland’ a tad too loudly and a tad (completely) out of tune is OK. Unfortunately, it also means that people have an excuse for some downright terrible music choices, but if they tolerate our questionable (nonexistent) singing talent, we can somehow bear to listen to the same awful sappy song. Ten. Times. In. A. Row. (And we can be comforted by the knowledge that we can pay them back by blaring out our own favourite poor song choice. Eleven times in a row. Because, you know, Christmas cheer and all that.)

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