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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THE ULTIMATE ORANGE COOKIES {nut & soy free}

Orange juice in the buttery, crumbly cookie form. This no fuss recipe ensures you go from craving delicious warm cookies to stuffing your face with them in under an hour.

The Ultimate Orange Cookies - Orange juice in the buttery, crumbly cookie form. This no fuss recipe ensures you go from craving warm cookies to stuffing your face with them in under an hour.

Sometimes, you just want a cookie, you know? A simple, no-fuss, just cookie cookie. Not a triple-chocolate-salted-caramel-stuffed-rockie-road-ice-cream-sandwich cookie (though it does sound delicious, I’ll give you that – perhaps something for a later post?). Everything in our lives is blown out of proportion, nowadays. The news isn’t just news, it’s oh-my-god-everyone-save-themselves-the-end-is-near-oh-wait-it-isn’t-yes-it-is news. You see where I’m going with this? While you may not have the power to decide what kind of news you get (barring, of course, you tune out of all media, but.. let’s be honest here, that isn’t going to happen), you totally can decide what kind of cookies you make. And eat. Duh.

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CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON CUPCAKES {nut & soy free}

Elegance meets quirkiness in these Christmas tree cinnamon cupcakes. A winner in both taste and looks, they will win over children and adults alike, while being incredibly simple to make. Think fluffy cinnamon cupcakes, light-as-a-cloud vanilla buttercream, and crunchy pops of chocolate goodness from the colourful decorations. Christmas trees have never tasted so good.

This is the second 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 first recipe? Check out these adorable Rudolph Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes!

Christmas Tree Cinnamon Cupcakes - Elegance meets quirkiness in these fluffy, delicious cupcakes that will be a hit with both children and adults. You definitely won't regret making them this Christmas!

I take making cupcakes incredibly seriously. Sometimes (okay, okay… often) too seriously – it’s either the perfectionist or the scientist in me (but probably both). Let’s just say that in making these beauties tweezers were involved. Yes, I’m sure (and hope) that the decorations on the buttercream Christmas trees look incredibly effortless.

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RUDOLPH MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

Cuteness overload – welcome this Christmas season with these adorable Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes. Ridiculously easy and quick to make, they are chocolatey, with just enough of a kick from the chilly powder. Although they are almost too pretty to eat, they are also too delicious not to!

This is the first 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.

Rudolph Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes - These adorable Christmas cupcakes are ridiculously easy and quick to make, and almost too pretty to eat. But they are also way too delicious not to, with their chocolatey taste and the spiciness from cinnamon, nutmeg and chilly powder.

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shinyyyy nooooose. As people who know me, and have had the misfortune of hearing me “sing”, can attest, I have no sense of rhythm or melody whatsoever. But that doesn’t stop me from breaking into Christmas songs at random moments every year when December rolls ‘round. If you were one of the unfortunate people to hear me sing and hum while rushing about in my frantic search for icing sugar, I deeply apologise. And I’m sorry, but it will happen again. Well, the singing and humming part will, though I sincerely hope the craziness that will forever be known (in my mind, at least) as icing-sugar-geddon won’t take place ever again.

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