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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretty Pretty Chocolate Chip CookiesIn my quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever, I found this delicious version on the Australian Cadbury website. It’s a really easy recipe with just the right amount of chewiness and firmness needed in a choc chip cookie. In fact, it was so good that even Alexis (who is NOT a biscuit fan) was caught with his paws in the cookie jar around tea time.

I haven’t adapted the recipe at all from the original, except to subsitute normal flour and baking powder (we never have self raising flour at home). Oh, and I also added in more chocolate chips (why not?)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

All you will need:
125g butter, softened
½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups of all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup white chocolate chips

Here’s how:
1 – Preheat your oven to 160°C.
2 – Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy.
3 – Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
4 – Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. While the mixer is going slowly add this to your wet batter.
5 – Finally mix in the chocolate chips. You should have a fairly stiff mixture.
6 – Roll little balls of the dough and place them onto a greased baking tray. Gently press each ball down with the back of a dessert spoon.
7 – Pop in the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Keep an eye on these lovelies as you don’t want them to burn. The chocolate batter is fairly dark & you may not notice them getting too brown.
8 – Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a huge glass of ice cold milk.

Got cake?

Chocolate CakeChocolate Cake

Trying really hard to avoid doing real work, I decided to make a cake. I had been drooling over the How Sweet It Is blog for some time now, and seeing the photos of her chocolate fudge peanut butter cake just pushed me over the edge. I had to try this cake.

The recipe was relatively simple. Although you would never had said so from the ton of dishes I managed to create… but who cares, after all what’s the point of having five spatulas if you cant use all five of them in one baking session? Generally I am a tidy cook, I like to wash up as I go and I repeatedly wipe down surfaces and mop up spills. But for some reason when I bake, no matter how careful I am, I always seem to create a bomb site. I am positive I am not the only one, maybe other people create the illusion of tidiness by shoving dirty bowls and whisks in the dishwasher before they can be noticed. Sadly our tiny little kitchen is sans le dishwasher, so poor me has to tackle my own body weight in mixing bowls and sieves.
Dear Alexis know’s not to come near the kitchen when one of my baking frenzies is going on, mainly for fear of volunteering to wash the odd spoon and then being entrapped into washing the contents of all our cupboards – bless him!

Anyhow, here is the divine recipe for this marvelous chocolaty creation. My version doesn’t look anywhere near as glamorous as her’s but it tasted flipping fantastic. Only word of caution I would give is don’t over cook it. Mine was slightly dry – I personally prefer a slightly more moist cake.

Sparkly deliciousness

If you love chocolate cupcakes then you have to try Kathcake’s Favourite Cupcake recipe.
I whipped up a batch and iced them with chocolate butter icing (yum) and finished them with pretty gold glitter – so glamorous.
If you have ever used edible glitter then you will know it goes everywhere, thankfully this is the perfect time of year for a super sparkly kitchen.

Go on, you have to try making these scrummy delights, they are so SO delicious, super moist, really chocolatey and very morish.
You can find the recipe here. Thanks Kathcake for filling my tummy with sparkly deliciousness.

Sparkly Deliciousness

Happy Easter

Hey, its time to hunt for Easter Eggs again! This little nest is an example of the Easter gifts I have made for my family.
Here’s wishing all a very happy and peaceful Easter. If you are traveling anywhere, please drive carefully.


Guilty jewels

With Easter around the corner, what better way to put to good use the foil that your Easter Bunnies came wrapped in. Jeannette Jansen had a stylish solution: The 3600 kcal necklace. And if that sounds like way too many calories, then you could always opt for the 60kcal pin. Brilliant!


…more cupcakes

Thankfully drooling over beautiful photography of delicious cupcakes is not going to add on any extra inches. Christina Peters is the most amazing photographer with crisp, clean style… me likes!
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