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Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars {Gluten Free}

Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it! Don’t need to eat gluten free? No worries, one simple substitution means you don’t have to go out of your way to buy gluten free flour! These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the perfect Mother’s Day treat, and you can use your favourite flavour jam!

Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars - Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it!

Peach vodka, fresh raspberry syrup and champagne are combined to make this gorgeous Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Sweet, bubbly and full of fresh, fruity flavours, this is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Mother’s Day brunch or any special occasion. Don’t have peach vodka to hand? No problem, I have an easy substitute for you! So raise a glass and let’s call a toast the wonderful Mother figures in our lives.

Mother’s Day Champagne Cocktail

When I asked my mum what she wanted me to make for Mother’s Day, she said a cocktail and something with shortbread! I’ve already shared the amazing Champagne Cocktail that I made for her, and now it’s time for the shortbread to take the spotlight. She has given up chocolate for March (aka torture) so something sweet and fruity it was! I got the inspiration for these Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars when I was in Tesco, lusting over a packet of Jammie Dodgers – a classic British biscuit (*ahem* cookie) that is jam sandwiched between shortbread! I’ve made my own homemade version of Jammie Dodgers before, which are so good, but I took the idea to the next level with these Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars.

Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars - Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it! Continue reading →

Pancake Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Syrup {Gluten Free}

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British style pancakes, but not as you know them! Fluffy pancake batter baked into pancake cupcakes, topped with mini pancakes, zesty lemon buttercream frosting and a thick lemon sugar syrup. A new and delicious way to enjoy pancakes this Pancake Day!

Pancake Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Syrup - British style pancakes, but not as you know them! Fluffy pancake batter baked into cupcake form, topped with mini pancakes, zesty lemon buttercream frosting and a thick lemon sugar syrup. A new and delicious way to enjoy pancakes this Pancake Day!

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Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras… whatever you call it, it’s a day celebrated and marked across the world. It comes the day before Ash Wednesday, the day that Lent starts, and this year it falls in February 28th – this coming Tuesday. Traditionally it’s the day you get ready for fasting by using up all your staples in your kitchen and one last chance to gorge on what you will be giving up for Lent. In the UK, we traditionally have pancakes because it’s a simple way to use up eggs, flour and sugar – hence why we call it “Pancake Day”. Of course, it’s not entirely necessary these days as most people don’t fully fast for Lent, rather we just give up one of our vices, but traditions are still fun to have right? 

Pancake Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Syrup - British style pancakes, but not as you know them! Fluffy pancake batter baked into cupcake form, topped with mini pancakes, zesty lemon buttercream frosting and a thick lemon sugar syrup. A new and delicious way to enjoy pancakes this Pancake Day!

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Brownie Sundae for Two {Gluten Free}

The most delicious way to wow your Valentine this year! This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae is made especially for two to share (loving gazes across the sundae are optional). Amaretto soaked cherries are baked into a fudgy, chocolate skillet brownie, which is then topped with an easy, no-churn salted caramel ice cream and amaretto caramel sauce. It’s then finished off with delicious fresh berries for the most amazing brownie sundae you could ever want. And the best part? It’s made right in your Vitamix blender and takes no time at all!

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Brownie Sundae for Two - The most delicious way to wow your Valentine this year! This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae is made especially for two to share (loving gazes across the sundae are optional). Amaretto soaked cherries are baked into a fudgy, chocolate skillet brownie, which is then topped with an easy, no-churn salted caramel ice cream and amaretto caramel sauce. It’s then finished off with delicious fresh berries for the most amazing brownie sundae you could ever want. And the best part? It’s made right in your Vitamix blender and takes no time at all! Love is in the air! Or is that just our tummy’s rumbling? Whatever it is, I have just the thing for you!

This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two is so incredible, I think it could be classified as a love potion. If you serve this deliciousness to your Valentine on Tuesday I can almost guarantee they won’t be able to help falling madly in love with you! They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I think that’s true of women too – and the effects are increased if there’s also chocolate, booze, caramel and ice cream. You can’t argue with these scientific facts I just made up!

Brownie Sundae for Two - The most delicious way to wow your Valentine this year! This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae is made especially for two to share (loving gazes across the sundae are optional). Amaretto soaked cherries are baked into a fudgy, chocolate skillet brownie, which is then topped with an easy, no-churn salted caramel ice cream and amaretto caramel sauce. It’s then finished off with delicious fresh berries for the most amazing brownie sundae you could ever want. And the best part? It’s made right in your Vitamix blender and takes no time at all!

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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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Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots

Layers of meringue, fresh whipped cream and berry compote make up these adorable Berry Eton Mess Dessert shots. These dessert shots are not only a treat for the eyes, they combine the deliciousness of Eton Mess with homemade berry compote all in one cute, individually portioned dessert! These little Eton Mess desserts only take 15 minutes hands on time to make, and they’re no bake – making them the perfect summer get together dessert!

Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - The easiest, most delicious and cutest dessert you'll ever make! Layers of meringue, fresh whipped cream and berry compote make up these delicious Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - the perfect, easy summer dessert for Fourth of July!

Watch me and Betty from Slow The Cook Down make it together

 

Phew! What a crazy few weeks it has been over on the British side of the pond! Whether you live in the UK or not, I’m sure you’ve not been able to avoid all the drama surrounding the UK’s decision to leave the EU! It’s not the smartest decision the country has ever made as a country, but I think we’ve all heard enough about that! And I have the perfect post-Brexit treat for you all today – it’s delicious, it’s adorable, it’s no bake and it really couldn’t be easier. Seriously, I’m fairly certain these Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots are the easiest recipe on the blog to date!

They take 15 minutes hands on time to make (I say “hands on” as the berry compote does need extra time to cool, but if you make that a day in advance you’re laughing!). What could be better than this? A dessert that will impress even the fussiest of guests that takes you almost zero effort? I think we all need more of that in our lives!

Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - The easiest, most delicious and cutest dessert you'll ever make! Layers of meringue, fresh whipped cream and berry compote make up these delicious Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots - the perfect, easy summer dessert for Fourth of July!

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