Chunky Monkey Choc Cookies

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These chunky chocolate chip cookies have just been made, photographed, blogged and eaten. The sweet (low fat) buttery aroma has filled every room in our home.

The main reason for making these today is my adorable 4 year old nephew. I just had to treat him!

Hope you all enjoy them…Have a wonderful day! Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
120g soft brown sugar
150g low fat butter spread
2 eggs
1 packet chocolate chips

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c.  Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper

Take all ingredients apart from the chocolate chips and combine well in a food processor or large mixing bowl

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Fold in the chocolate chips.  Roll one large heaped tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and gently flatten after placing on the baking tray

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Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown in colour

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The Christmas Baking Competition @ ShivaayDelights

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The Christmas Competition on Shivaay Delights starts Today..Inconjuction with Tefal UK who are kindly awarding the winner a new sleek black Tefal Optigrill!

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The COMPETITION is to BAKE CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS. You choose whether you’ll be baking cakes or cookies but it has to be Christmas based. The competition is open to UK residents only…sorry friends abroad!

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How to enter…

Please send your own entry pictures to ShivaayDelights@gmail.com. The competition will be running from Monday 1st December to Monday 8th December 2014

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We will be choosing the top 5 entries, that will then, go to an open vote for all Shivaay Delights friends @ The Facebook Group “Sharing Food With Shivaay Delights” who will choose the final winner and this lucky person will be announced on 11th December 2014

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The competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over, excluding employees and their immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children & spouse regardless of where they live) of Tefal, its affiliated companies, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this promotion.    

There will be no cash or other alternative to stated prize. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. Only one prize per winner per household.

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I can’t wait to see what all of you bake. Please feel free to send me pictures even if you’re not in the UK as I will showcase all on the blog here!

Let’s start Baking!!! Happy festivities all!!!

Chewy Ginger Stem Cookies

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My nearly 4 year old has a really bad cold so I thought the best remedy would be to give him some ginger! So ginger went into his lentil dal and ginger went into the delicious yummy sweet ginger stem cookies.

I adapted the recipe from Ina, The Barefoot Contessa and decided to warm things up with some mixed spice. The gentle heat of the spice along with the sweetness of the maple syrup makes for a delightful combination. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. An awesome treat any day of the week but even more so when you’re unwell!

I hope you enjoy these, have a gorgeous day! Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

2½ cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ground ginger
1 cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup sunflower/vegetable oil
¼ cup maple syrup/honey
1 large egg
1 cup crystallized ginger
Sugar for rolling cookies
Oil to roll

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c and line 2 baking trays with some grease proof paper

Sift all the dry ingredients together and set aside

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In a mixer on a medium speed, whizz the brown sugar, oil and maple syrup for 5 minutes

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Add the egg and reduce the speed to low, mix for 1 minute

Slowly add the dry flour mixture into the mixer. This in turn should form a sticky soft pliable cookie dough. You may need to throw in a bit more flour, also stir in thr crystallized ginger

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Grease the palm of your hands with a little oil, take a tbsp of cookie dough. Roll into a ball and then pat down to flatten into a 4-5 cm disk

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Place in the oven for 13 minutes and remove to cool on a wiring rack

Repeat for the rest of the dough. The cookies will get crunchier as they cool down but will remain chewy inside

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Chocolate Chip & Sweet Cookies

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I had butter, sugar and chocolate chips….sooooo these soft, crumbly golden brown cookies came about. My 3 year old and husband were over the moon. The only thing was that they were so soft that they kept crumbling and my little one loves eating things that are whole! So it turned into a bit of a saga! Lol!

Nevertheless he still gobbled them up! I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did!

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INGREDIENTS

350g plain flour
150g soft brown sugar
200g low fat butter
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
150g chocolate chips
100g M&M’s

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c.  Line a baking tray

Mix the flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, eggs til combined

Add in the chocolate chips and M&M’s

Using a spoon, place a heaped tablespoon of cookie dough on the baking tray, spacing them apart as they will spread when baked

Bake for 20 minutes until soft anf golden.  Gently place on a cooling rack

Make a cup of tea…grab a cookie and sit back, enjoy!

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Chocolate Muesli Cookies

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I bought some “Luxurious Chocolate Muesli” from the supermarket for breakfast and there is so much of it!  That I thought it would make a great base for a cookie.  It already has rolled oats, toasted malt wheat flakes, milk chocolate curls, raisins, sultanas, nibbed hazelnuts and flaked almonds.

So it was just a matter of combining these yummy ingredients with some even yummier cookie ingredients and forming these cookies, that turned out really awesome!  Even though I say so myself!!  So crispy, crunchy yet a chewy cookie.  I added less sugar than in a normal cookie recipe as the raisins and sultanas provide a natural sweetness.

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The toasted malt wheat flakes and nuts really add to the texture of this cookie.  Ideal anytime of the day but also can be eaten as a breakfast muesli cookie!  I really you hope you all enjoy them as much as we do. One even made it’s way into Cookie Monster’s mouth courtesy of my little one! 🙂

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Have a stunning day, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

220g self raising flour
200g chocolate muesli mix
130g granulated sugar
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
180g butter melted
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp hot water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

METHOD

• Preheat the oven to 180°c, grease and line 2 baking trays

• In a large mixing bowl or food processor combine all the dry ingredients apart from the bicarbonate of soda.  Mix in the oil

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• Heat up the butter and syrup on a low heat.  Once melted add the water then the bicarbonate of soda.  Stir, it will start to bubble and fizz a little

• Pour this hot butter mixture into the biscuit crumbs.  All the ingredients will come together

• Take a little mixture and gently form into a ball,  pat down with your palm making the ball into a disk of 3-4 cm

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• Place a few on a tray.  Keep them apart from each other as the cookies will spread when baked

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• Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Leave the cookies in the tray to cool down as they will be soft initially.  Once they start to cool they will become crunchy.  Transfer to a cooling rack

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No Bake Cocoa Nut Cookies

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Don’t you just love when you give something really healthy to your children. Makes up for all the naughty snacks and foods they some how seem to get their hands on!

With this recipe both parent and child will be soooo happy! I can guarantee this, as this is how I felt yesterday when I made these no bake cookies!

Mine have already disappeared from the fridge mysteriously!! So another batch is about to be made, especially as I promised to take some over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party!

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Have a beautiful weekend friends! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

2 large handfuls of macadamia nuts
3~4 handfuls of pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
White chocolate melted

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METHOD

Add all the ingredients into a food processor and grind to a slightly grainy paste

Take a large pinch of the sweet mixture, form into a ball and then pat down into a small bite
size cookie

Take a little of the melted white chocolate and drizzle all over the prepared cookies

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or so then devour!

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Mocha melts

I need caffeine and chocolate! What better way than to combine it into Mocha form. Then to infuse this mocha flavour into a melting cookie. I’m in heaven just thinking about it!
Enjoy these and I’ll see you tomorrow friends!
Much love, D x

Shivaay Delights

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I do like a good cup of mocha coffee and wanted to capture this taste in a melting cookie. A bite size soft crumbly, melt in your mouth moment hit of caffeine followed by a hint of cocoa to give you the emotional comfort of chocolate! A very light biscuit that can be easily had as an after dinner sweet. I was really happy as I feel that it has captured mocha in it’s essence!

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter room temp
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp water
140g plain flour
60g icing sugar
110g corn starch
10g cocoa powder unsweetened

For the frosting

140g icing sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
Milk for thinning
Cocoa powder for dusting

METHOD

1. Mix the coffee granules with the water and combine, cream the coffee mixture and butter together well

2. Add the flour, icing sugar…

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Lemon melting moments

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I was 11 and in primary school when our teacher gave us an assignment, which I’ll never forget!

She took out a bag of lemon sherbets and gave one to all of us in the class. The teacher was very innovative as this was part of an English lesson. Upon her instructions we were told to open the wrapper and have the sherbet and to mentally record the flavours, sensations and the effect it was having on our tongue. We were then told to open our exercise books and write a description of the effect the lemon sherbet had had on our palette.

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I enjoyed this lesson extremely! Especially as we were treated to a sweet which was tantalising, sweet, sour and the sherbert bounced around on my tongue when the lemon boiled sweet cracked and the bubbling sherbert seeped! It was then that my love for all lemony things had begun.

You will find that I will explore lemon as a main ingredient in many of my recipes as I love it so. These lemon melts are deliciously soft and crumbly. With the lemon icing sandwiching the cookies together for a sweet treat, that goes wonderfully with a lovely cup of tea!

This great recipe is at: ~
all recipes melting moments with lemon icing

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Fresh Out Of The Oven

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I just made these now!  Today is one of those days where I just need to be kept busy! So instead of creating a new recipe I referred to one of my own recipes ~ The Crumbly Oat Biscuit

The first time I had baked them I ended sharing them out and my 3 year old kept asking why his biscuits were being taken out of the front door by various friends and family!

This time he is ecstatic as we are keeping a whole tin full, to ourselves.   Most likely he’ll end up finishing them all anyway lol!

Have a lovely week and stay in touch via WP, Twitter @ Shivaay Delights or Facebook Shivaay Delights Chat soon. Much love D x

Pistachio & Coconut Biscotti

I fancy some biscotti today so wanted to share one of my recipes with you all. It’s FRIDAY!!! Much love D x

Shivaay Delights

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It’s the weekend and I’m up again at six! Recently this has been happening quite a lot, though it gives me a little me time before the day really starts. I have a mug of masala chai in one hand and I think to reach out for the tin of biscotti that I satisfyingly filled yesterday!!! No, No, No! It’s too early?! Oh go on then only one! No one will know they’re all fast asleep hehe!!!!

This is my own recipe for biscotti and I wanted to incorporate an Indian feel to this wonderful Italian biscuit. Pistachios and coconut are very much used in Indian sweets and nuts are used in biscotti so I took the best from both and came up with these light, tasty, sugary treats. I’m enjoying one as we speak….

INGREDIENTS

80g unsalted shelled pistachios chopped
200g plain flour
50g desiccated coconut
120g granulated sugar

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