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Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies

These Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies are the perfect treat for the holiday season. Soft, chewy and full of Christmas Spice. This Christmas take on pudding cookies make for a whole lot of yum and festive spirit!

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

Well hello there!! It’s day 9 of my Countdown to Christmas recipes, we’re almost there!! In the lead up to Christmas, I’ve been posted a festive recipe every day – Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 wasPeppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake, Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies, Day 7 was Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow and Day 8 was a Spiked Black Forest Milkshake. And today I have Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies for you.

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

Pudding cookies are my absolute favourite type of cookie, the added instant pudding mix makes them so soft and chewy and delicious, everything I want in a cookie! I hadn’t planned to make these cookies but then I was at the grocery store and came across these pumpkin spice chips and had to buy them! I wasn’t sure what I’d make of them but they were actually really tasty so naturally I put them in some cookies. I used my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and added the pumpkin spice chips and a little cinnamon to the dough too. I also put some pecans in there to add to the festive taste!

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

 

 

I took the photos for these cookies with my fancy new camera, I’ve not quite got the hang of it yet but I did enjoy taking these photos and I’m mostly happy with how they came out, the scenery definitely helped – I love taking photos out here, it’s so pretty! I definitely need to get myself a little tripod, I do not have a steady enough hand for this camera! I think that’ll be my new year treat to myself next month! Anything else you’d recommend I get to help me out? I currently only have a 18-55mm lens with it, I’ll definitely look into getting a macro lens eventually but I’m going to have to save up for that! 

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

 

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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts

cinnamon raisin peanut butter pop tarts

 Do you ever find yourself watching TV shows that you hate, but you can’t turn them off? You just love to hate them! That’s me with Love It or List It, it drives me crazy and I spend most of the show shouting at Hilary – seriously, she’s the worst, she never has a contingency in her budget for any hidden problems, she basically ignores what the home owners want and acts like the fact they don’t have endless amounts of money to throw into her budget (that she’s terrible at managing) is their fault and that they’re crazy for being annoyed with her for messing things up! Who knew I would have such strong feelings about a HGTV show, right? But despite all that, I watch it all the time! I’m get a bit addicted to HGTV when I’m in the US, it’s about the only TV I watch out here, and I miss it a lot when I’m back home. I’m watching HGTV as I write this post, it’s Hawaii Life tonight though and I’m still finding myself moaning at the people on the TV! Maybe this is my guilty pleasure, enjoying being annoyed by strangers on the television!

cinnamon raisin peanut butter pop tarts

Okay, on to something that is the opposite of annoying! Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Pop Tarts (with frosting). The name may be a bit of a mouthful, but the pop tarts aren’t – they’re mini! 

When I made this Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter I knew I wanted to bake with it, but what to make? My first thought was to make a spruced up version of my Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Pudding Cookies, but that didn’t feel exciting enough. I don’t know how I ended up on pop tarts, but I’m so glad I did. 

cinnamon raisin peanut butter pop tarts

Oh my, these mini pop tarts are heavenly. The pastry is a pie crust and it’s so flaky and buttery and the sweet and salty filling is so tasty, especially when paired with the sweet frosting. And look how cute! These went down very well with my mum and her colleagues, they’re definitely a keeper.

cinnamon raisin peanut butter pop tarts

The great thing about these is they’re easily changeable to suit your tastes and what you have access to. Just full them with your favourite pop tart filling and you have just improved that sweet breakfast 10 fold. I love store bought pop tarts, I’m not going to pretend like I don’t, but they cannot hold a candle to these homemade ones. It’s great for me too because they’re not a lot of varieties in flavour for pop tarts in the UK, I often bring back a box of the cinnamon brown sugar ones when I’m in the US – but now I can make my own, and I’m definitely going to!

cinnamon raisin peanut butter pop tarts

 

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Quince Madeleines

Quince Madeleines

(disclaimer: there are affiliate links included in this post. I also received products free from Kitchen Craft to test out, however no obligation was attached to review or blog about them. All opinions are 100% my own)

Quince is something I’ve never baked with before, or even eaten. But I was in the Asian supermarket near me stocking up on some kefir milk and was having a little browse through their fruit and I saw quince. I vaguely knew what a quince was but wasn’t 100% of the taste or texture. But I thought hey, this kind of looks like an ugly lemon, I’ll buy it and figure out what to do with it later!

Quince Madeleines

That’s actually a pretty good metaphor for how I tackle life actually! I did a bit of research online and it turns out quince needs a bit of preparation before it’s edible, in it’s natural state it’s very hard, woody and astringent, but once you’ve poached it for a bit the sweetness comes out and it has a lovely floral taste. Quince is high in pectin so lends itself well for jam and jelly making, my research actually lead me to discovering that quince is what marmalade was originally made out of! 

Quince Madeleines

You do need to take care when prepping the quince because the woody, spongy nature of the fruit makes it quite difficult to cut and you don’t want to lose any fingers! Once it was peeled and sliced and all my fingers were still in tact, I poached it in water and sugar with a cinnamon stick. The internet told me that when it was ripe, it would have an aroma when you hold it up to your nose, so I held it up to my nose and the aroma was similar to that of an apple – so poaching it with cinnamon seemed like a good move! The internet also told me that my quince would turn a vibrant coral pink when it was done, however don’t believe everything the internet tells you! After about 40 minutes of poaching, mine was nice and soft but only had the faintest hints of a pink hue. I decided to use my own judgement and declare it poached. Further research told me the amount of pectin in your quince determines how pink it goes, so I guess mine didn’t have a lot of pectin in it. I drained it, saved the poaching liquid and pureed the quince ready to bake with. 

Quince Madeleines

 

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Orange Cinnamon and Lemon Cardamom Meringue Nests

Meringue Nests

Does this happen to anybody else ever? You have left over egg yolks so you make pudding, but then you end up needing more egg yolks than you had so you end up with left over egg whites. Now you’re just stuck in an endless cycle of using up leftover parts of eggs! It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it means you end up with super yummy meringue nests you wouldn’t have made otherwise! And aren’t unintended desserts the best kind? I’m sure they don’t have as many calories in either πŸ˜‰ 

Meringue Nests

When I have egg whites to use up my first thought is always meringue, it’s one of my all time favourite sweets. There’s just something about the way it crunches and melts in your mouth all at the same time that is just irresistible to me. I thought about making some meringue to crush up and put in an Eton Mess, but then I decided I should make the meringue a dessert all by itself, it deserves to be the star of the show after all! 

Meringue Nests

As a baker I always like to make sure I at least have lemons and cream in the fridge and a well stocked spice cupboard, there are few things you can’t spruce up with the right citrus and spice (plus lemons are insanely useful for so many things around the house) and cream makes everything better and more decadent. As luck would have it, I also had some oranges in the fridge. Orange and cinnamon are natural partners, their familiar dance on your tongue is traditional but still exciting as the first time. Lemon and cardamom may not be as familiar to some, but when they take to the dance floor it’s clear they were always meant to be. And that has to get an award for the weirdest metaphor I’ve written… this week anyway! So I’m no shakespeare, but I think I got my point across – these are flavour combinations made in heaven! 

Meringue Nests

So with those strange metaphors swimming around my head, I added lemon zest to half of the meringue and orange zest to the other half. Baked them and filled the lemon ones with cardamom cream and the orange ones with cinnamon cream. The food colouring added the meringue is technically optional, but I really do think it’s what makes this dessert look so fun and inviting! So unless you have an allergy or an aversion to food colourings, I would definitely keep them in! 

Meringue Nests

 

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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Can you believe it’s November already?! Does anyone else feel like the older you get, the faster time passes you by? I swear it was March just yesterday! But here we are, Christmas is looming and I’m only slightly panicking about the fact I haven’t started my Christmas shopping! I have already started my Christmas baking for the blog though, I won’t be posting any recipes for a few weeks yet but it’s good to a get jump start on recipe development and photographing! 

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

On to today’s recipe though! After seeing Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter on The Breakfast Drama Queen’s Instagram I could not get the idea of it out of my head! Peanut Butter and Cinnamon?! Are you kidding me? It’s like they had me in mind when they mixed up this heavenly concoction! Unfortunately, they forget to consider the part where I live in the UK and they don’t seem to sell it over here. Sad sigh. But fear not UK citizens, to the kitchen! Holy cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter Batman! 

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

 I’m not entirely sure why I turned into a superhero’s side kick then, a superhero I hate too (ooh, getting controversial now)! But I learned long ago not to question where my brain goes and just roll with it! Even with the world’s poorest excuse for a superhero, this peanut butter cannot fail you! It’s so yummy, it’s easy to make and it only has 4 ingredients! You will need a fairly decent food processor to make it, a mini one is fine as long as the motor is good. My poor little mini food processor was not happy making this peanut butter, it was quite literally smoking by the end of it! Burning out my only food processor was totally worth it though, it died creating something beautiful! I could easily eat this stuff out of the jar with just a spoon, I really did have to force myself to put down that spoon if I’m being quite honest!

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

There’s so many things you can use this peanut butter for too. It’s great just generously spread on your morning toast, but why stop there? Use it in smoothies and milkshake, bake with it, whip up some pancakes, spoon a dollop on your porridge, spread it on celery and take your ants on a log to whole new level – the possibilities are endless! And once you know how to make it yourself, there really is no stopping you! And if cinnamon raisin swirl ain’t your thing? No problem (other than the fact you’ve probably lost your mind)! It’s easy to swap out the cinnamon and raisins for many other yummy additions! The peanut butter gods are very accommodating!

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Have I sold you on this wonderful peanut butter swirled with cinnamon and raisins yet? I sure hope so, because the recipe is just a couple of sentences away!

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I’m bringing this yummy homemade peanut butter to Fiesta Friday, grab a spoon guys!

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter
Homemade peanut butter swirled with cinnamon and raisins
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Ingredients
  1. 500g Roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  2. 100g raisins
  3. 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tbsp brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Put the peanuts in your food processor and blitz until it's smooth. This can take up to 5 minutes depending on your food processor, just keep trucking it'll happen. Scrape down the sides of the bowl where necessary.
  2. Once smooth, add the raisins, cinnamon and sugar and blitz again for another 30 seconds - 1 minute until all combined.
  3. Spoon into jar and store in the fridge
Notes
  1. This recipe makes enough for a 250ml/8oz jar. But can be easily doubled.
  2. Unsalted peanuts are best, but if you can only get your hands on salted they'll work, your peanut butter will just be on the salty side (which isn't a bad thing per se, I like salty)
  3. You can, of course, roast your own peanuts too.
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