Hello and welcome to the BritMums Baking Round-up. I’m Jacqui from Recipes Made Easy the new Baking Round-up Editor. I am really excited to be joining the Britmums Round-up team and looking forward to reading all your fabulous baking posts.
To kick off I thought I would start with a round-up selected from your biscuit and cookie bakes. I may be a passionate baker but in the first couple of months of the year my baking tends to fall back a gear or two, though I can always find time to bake and eat a cookie. A little treat with a cuppa in the afternoon can really brighten up a dull winters day.
So let’s start with those cookies and biscuits that are just right with a cup of tea. For everyday treats a biscuit that is not too fancy or sweet is ideal Family, Friends, Food; Coconut, Cranberry and Oatmeal cookies would be perfect and I am going to have to try these Spiced Apple Pie Cookies from Hodge Podge Days. I’m also sure these Maple and Walnuts cookies from The Crazy Kitchen would go down a treat too. If you have any leftover marzipan from your festive bakes you could use it to make the Cherry Bakewell Cookies from Casa Costello. My own Orange and Almond Shortbread Biscuits go very well with a coffee and they also make a great biscuit to accompany creamy desserts.
Kids in the Kitchen
I am a huge believer in getting children helping in the kitchen, and the sooner the better. Making biscuits (and baking in general) is a great place start. Why not try Le Coin de Mel Quick and Easy Honey and Ginger Biscuits. Kids would love stamping out these Cinnamon Sugar Stamped Biscuits from Stacy in the Sticks. Lost in Food discovered her daughter would be looking to the net for recipes in the future when she requested that mum put her recipe for the Custard Creams they had made on the blog, so she could find it again.
Free From Cookies and Biscuits
For those on restricted diets, these Peanut Butter Cookies from Dilian and Me are dairy and soya free. These Showstopper Straw Topper biscuits from Wild Mama Wild Tribe are not only gluten and dairy free but really prove that restricted diets can still be fun. These Gluten-free Almond & Vanilla Viennese Whirls from The Peachicks Bakery are also Vegan. This Multi-purpose Cookie recipe from The Free From Fairy is gluten, dairy, nut and egg free making it really useful go-to recipe when baking for special diets.
I love to include recipes from around the globe in my baking repertoire and who could resist these Amaretti biscuits from Charlottes Lively Kitchen, one of my all-time favourite biscuits. The New Zealand/Anzac Biscuits from The Foodie Quine are another biscuit l that you could enjoy on any occasion. Joshi Cooks made two types of biscuits for her brothers, including Chocolate Chip Cookies to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, a special day in Hindu culture to celebrate siblings, or you could check out The Mad House of Cats and Babies, for a gluten and dairy free variation of Chocolate Chip Cookies . You do not get a much more classic British biscuit than a chocolate bourbon, so you may want to try this Homemade Bourbon Cream Biscuits from Bobsy’s Mum and finally, not all Biscuits need to be sweet, these Oatcakes from Baking with Granny are perfect served with cheese and chutney.
Wow, there are some fabulous cookies and biscuit recipes out there and thank you to everyone who sent me links, I am so sorry I can’t feature them all. Next month the theme for the Baking Round-up will be Easter Bakes both sweet and savoury (although I suspect there may be a lot of Chocolate!) Email me a link to your recipes (click on the mail link below in my bio) with BritMums Baking Round-up in the title. I can’t wait to see your Easter bakes. I will also put a reminder on the facebook page nearer the time.