Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas

These Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas are the perfect holiday cocktail to enjoy on Christmas morning! They’re made with a mince pie flavoured syrup, fresh clementine juice, and champagne. They’re perfectly festive, really easy to make in big or small batches, and totally delicious. You’ll love serving these at your Christmas brunch or any holiday celebration!

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Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas - champagne being poured into the glass, full sizeSo, mince pies? Some of you on the other side of the pond might be wondering what these weirdly named treats are! Well, they’re a classic British Christmas treat in the form of individual pies. They’re usually made with shortcrust pastry and filled with dried fruits, spices, sugar, and sometimes beef suet  – the filling is called mincemeat. Yep, sounds totally weird I know. Personally, I’m not actually the biggest fan of mince pies, they just don’t do it for me. I made my own version a couple of years ago which strayed completely from tradition and were really yummy. However, I love all the flavours that go into a mince pie so a Christmas Mimosa along that theme is a real winner in my books!

These Mince Pie Christmas Mimosas are the perfect holiday cocktail to enjoy on Christmas morning! They’re made with a mince pie flavoured syrup, fresh clementine juice, and champagne. #mincepies #mimosas #brunch #christmas #holidays  Continue reading →

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine

These buttery, melt in your mouth Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine are the perfect Christmas cookies. They’re so easy to make with just a few ingredients, and you can decorate them however you like (or even not at all!). The flavours are totally divine with hints of caramel, and the festive holiday flavours of cinnamon and clementine. Use round cookie cutters or other fun shapes and you can make these Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies all year round!

 Jump to the RecipeThese buttery, melt in your mouth Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine are the perfect Christmas cookies, decorated with royal icing #christmas #christmascookies #holidaycookies #glutenfree #glutenfreebaking #glutenfreeholidays #shortbread #royalicing

These Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine might just be my new favourite Christmas cookies (although they have real tough competition with my Gluten Free Eggnog Cookies in the running). The idea for these Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies was actually born from another idea. I had these grand plans to make a Christmassy layer cake with indulgent frostings and dripping boozy sauces, and I was going to decorate it with festive flavoured Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies. Well, the cake was a total bust – it definitely has potential once I get the recipe right, but unfortunately I don’t have any time left to get that done before Santa arrives, so it will have to wait until next year. Even though I had no cake to decorate, I decided to make the Shortbread Cookies anyway, and I’m so glad I did!

 These buttery, melt in your mouth Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine are the perfect Christmas cookies - a christmas tree shaped cookie decorated with pink royal icing

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Gluten Free Eggnog Cookies

Thick and chewy Gluten Free Eggnog Cookies are the ultimate Christmas Cookie. They’re made with nutmeg and a healthy dose of bourbon so they’re full of holiday cheer, and are the perfect way to enjoy all the yumminess of eggnog during the festive season but in cookie form. They’re so simple to make, and are perfect for a cookie exchange and gifting!

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Gluten Free Eggnog Cookies are thick and chewy, they're the ultimate Christmas Cookie. They’re made with nutmeg and a healthy dose of bourbon so they’re full of holiday cheer - a stack of eggnog cookies straight on, with a glass of eggnog in the background  

Eggnog? Do you love it or does it kind of ick you out? Eggnog isn’t something that ever caught on much here in the UK, but the idea of it and the flavours really intrigued me. Eggs, cream, nutmeg and booze – sounds pretty damn delicious to me! So when Starbucks starting doing the eggnog latte over here I had to try it, and I thought it was delicious! I was firmly on the eggnog train. But I know it grosses some people out, especially those who have never tried it, I think it’s the idea of drinking raw eggs (even though it really is pretty safe to do so these days). But as someone who loves an egg white in her cocktails, that doesn’t put me off at all! But for those of you who love the flavours that are in eggnog but don’t want to drink it, I made you these Gluten Free Eggnog Cookies! Yep – just for you!

 Gluten Free Eggnog Cookies are thick and chewy, they're the ultimate Christmas Cookie. They’re made with nutmeg and a healthy dose of bourbon so they’re full of holiday cheer - an eggnog cookie being dunked into a glass of eggnog

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The Best Recipes of 2016

15 of the most popular recipes in 2016!  Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

Giraffes Can Bake's Best of 2016 - 15 of the most popular recipes in 2016! Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

2016! What a year! There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but overall it’s been a pretty good year for me. I experimented a lot more with my second love, mixology, and you guys loved it as much as I did – 6 of the most popular recipes this year were cocktails! There will definitely be more to come in 2017, I can’t wait to get mixing! I also learned to bake gluten free, which was a big, and often frustrating, challenge but I mastered it in the end – 5 of the top 15 recipes were gluten free, I’m glad you liked them as much as I did!  Let’s take a look at the 15 recipes you loved the most in 2016, in no particular order…

  1. Gluten Free Cookie Dough Salted Caramel Brownie Bombs

Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel - These Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel are indulgence on top of decadence! Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is dipped in salted caramel, then enclosed in chocolate salted caramel brownies, and dipped in chocolate. They're gluten free, so easy to make and absolutely to die for!

These were the first of gluten free baking successes – and it definitely started my 2016 gluten free baking with a delicious bang! They’re egg free cookie dough, dipped in salted caramel, wrapped in brownie and covered in chocolate! Holy awesomeness batman! I mean you can’t go wrong with these little balls of heaven, especially since they’re so easy to make!

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Apple, Raspberry and Ginger Crumble For Two

A sweet and tart fruit filling, with a warming kick of ginger, topped with a buttery, crunchy crumble. The perfect size for two to share this Valentine’s Day!

Apple, Raspberry and Ginger Crumble for two - a sweet and tart fruit filling with a warming kick of ginger, topped with a buttery, crunchy crumble topping. The perfect size for two to share this Valentine's Day!Happy New Year everybody! It’s been a while since I last shared a new recipe with you all, a new job and a very long commute has kept me very busy. I am so excited to be back sharing new recipes and catching up with you all though! And I’m super excited about this Apple, Raspberry and Ginger Crumble for two recipe, it’s really yumy, so easy to make and how adorable is this two-person serving? I just love it! And I bet you will too!

Apple, Raspberry and Ginger Crumble for two - a sweet and tart fruit filling with a warming kick of ginger, topped with a buttery, crunchy crumble topping. The perfect size for two to share this Valentine's Day!

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