Chocolate marshmallow cookies

September 10, 2022

Who doesn't like a dark fudgy cookie bursting with oozy marshmallow? Not many, if any. No creaming involved, just melt and mix.

Makes around 16

1 1/4 c flour

1/2 c cocoa

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

115 g butter, melted

2/3 c brown sugar

1/4 c granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

About 16 marshmallows or a cup of mini marshmallows

In a large bowl sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan or bowl in the microwave. Stir in the sugars until fully combined, then stir in the egg and vanilla.

Pour into the flour mixture and fold in with a spatula.

Chill dough in fridge for 10 minutes while you heat the oven to 180C and line 2 trays with baking paper.

Take large tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Flatten each one in your hand to make a disc, place a large marshmallow or a few mini marshmallows in the centre then pinch in sides to cover completely and roll back into a ball. It's important that no marshmallows are showing.

Place on the baking trays about 10 cm apart.

Bake for 9-10 minutes. Leave to cool on the tray. The marshmallow that bursts through the top is extremely hot and sticky so let it firm up before lifting off the paper and storing in an airtight container.



September 7, 2022

Tiramisu is my preferred dessert when dining at an Italian restaurant because I've always thought it would be too much work to make at home. How wrong I was! The eggy cream takes a few minutes to whisk but the assembly is easy and fun too. I made this for no other reason except to satisfy my gluttony. This batch will happily feed a crowd or just one for several nights if you're home alone. No special occasion needed for tiramisu - just because.

4 egg yolks, at room temperature
100 g caster suga...

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Cornflake kisses

September 5, 2022

This is a genius way to get more crunch in your cookies - coat them in cornflakes! It's a lovely old-fashioned biscuit with dates and walnuts - the kind grandmas used to make. This is Dulcie May Booker's recipe from Love & Food at Gran's Table (PQ Blackwell, 2009) by Natalie Oldfield (Dulcie's granddaughter).

Makes 24

1 1/2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

1/2 c walnuts, chopped

1 c dates, diced

115 g butter

1 c sugar

1 egg

2 c cornflakes, crushed

Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with bak...

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Chocolate nut biscotti

September 3, 2022

Use any nut you have on hand - pistachios, macadamias, almonds... they will all add flavour and protein to a very snackable biscuit. 

Makes 12-16 

120 g flour (I used wholemeal)

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cocoa powder

75 g sugar (I used coconut, finely ground)

25 g butter, chilled and cut into cubes

1 egg

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

40 g nuts

50 g dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl, then stir in the sugar.

Rub in th...

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Lemon sorbet

August 31, 2022

I didn't think making sorbet would be this easy. But it is. So try it.

1 c caster sugar
2 1/4 c water
1 1/4 c lemon juice (6-8 lemons)
Rind from 3 lemons
2 egg whites
2 Tbsp limoncello (optional)

Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar has melted. Add lemon rind and simmer for 15 mins. Remove rind and stir in liquer if using. Pour mixture into a shallow airtight container and freeze for about 2 hours until mushy. Remove from the freezer and stir.
Whisk the egg whit...
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Mexican spice cookies

August 14, 2022

You know chilli and chocolate go so well together. This soft batter can be made two ways: as cookies or brownies. Why not do both like I did?

2 c icing sugar
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/2 tsp each of ground cinnamon and allspice (or nutmeg and clove mix)
pinch cayenne pepper
1 c ground almonds
1/2 tsp sea salt
150 g dark chocolate chips/melts/pieces
1 egg
2 egg whites or 60 ml aquafaba
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 150C.
In a large bowl mix together the icing sugar, cocoa, spices, almonds, salt and choc...
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Ginger kiss slice

August 5, 2022

The ginger kisses you buy in the shops are quite firm morsels sandwiched with buttercream. But the ones you can make have a soft spring to their sponge, with freshly whipped zesty cream in every mouthful. This is from Ripe Recipes - A Third Helping (Beatnik, 2018). This deli in Auckland has a good rep for salads and baked delights.

1 1/2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 c brown sugar

100 g butter

3/4 c / 260 g brown rice syrup or golden s...

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Apricot loaf

August 3, 2022

Isn't life wonderfully aligned when you get a craving for something then the perfect recipe shows up on your culinary radar. Chelsea Winter loves a good old-fashioned apricot loaf as much as I do (Eat, Random House, 2017). By stewing the apricots first you get a soft fruity hit throughout, and the yoghurt lightens up the batter. Unsulphured apricots have been grown without chemicals and not preserved with sulphur dioxide. They are darker and sweeter than the cheaper sulphured apricots. This l...

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White chocolate cranberry fudge

July 31, 2022

It's the simplest of recipes for a good-looking sugar hit. The cranberry and brazil nut combo elevates the milky bar to new heights. Chelsea Winter made double this recipe but using one block of chocolate was enough for me.

250 g white chocolate, chopped (I used Whittaker's)

50 ml cream

1 Tbsp butter

1/2 c chopped cranberries

1/2 chopped Brazil nuts (or nuts of choice - macadamias would be my second choice)

zest of 1 lemon

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp flaky sea salt

Line a loaf tin with baking paper or cl...

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Chai melting moments

July 27, 2022

Spice up your melting moments with chai flavours. Another easy recipe from Ripe Deli. I make my own chai spice mix to keep on hand for tea or flavouring cakes, muffins, porridge. Just mix a Tbsp of each spice and store in an airtight jar.

Makes 15 sandwiched biscuits

1 c flour

1 c cornflour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp chai spice (mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg, mixed spice)

200 g softened butter

100 g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp milk, optional


80 g softened b...

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EST. 2010

Frances C loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and DJ. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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