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…
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!
These shortbread cookies will satisfy all of your sweet and spicy cravings. You will love the crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zingy lime. Then you dip the cookies in chocolate to really indulge your tastebuds. Sprinkle with lime zest for an extra tasty kick. Chocolate dipped chili and lime shortbread cookies are so quick and easy to make, you’ll love making them and you’ll love eating them even more!
Summer officially starts next week apparently, you wouldn’t know it in London though. The last couple of weeks have been so wet and miserable… actually, that sounds A LOT like a British summer! The worst part it is still warm out, so being outside is very unpleasant. I love going for walks around my new neighbourhood because the area I live in is so pretty. I’ve just wanted to stay inside as much as possible tately to avoid that thick, wet air! Luckily, there’s plenty to keep me busy inside, like baking these amazing shortbread cookies. Although I knew these little cookies were gonna be good (sweet and spicy is just my fave!) even I was blown away by the taste! recently started yoga which is keeping me active inside, I’m not very good at it but I hope it’s at least burning off some of the delicious shortbread calories!
Crumbly, flourless peanut butter cookies with gooey, chewy caramel and peanuts, topped with chocolate. These Snickers Cookies taste like a Snickers bar, but soooo much better!
As I write this post it’s Sunday evening, it’s raining and it’s very cold! Normally that combination would make me pretty down in the dumps, not today, oh no, because today I have these Snickers Cookies! These Snickers Cookies are like the ultimate antidote to a wet and dreary Sunday evening, they’re so ridiculously yummy that you won’t care that you have to get up early tomorrow morning for work, just get lost in the sheer deliciousness of these Snickers Cookies and feel all your blues melt away!
Soft, buttery shortbread sandwiched with homemade strawberry jam! A homemade version of the classic British snack, beloved by many – including the Eleventh Doctor! These are Britain’s answer to the Linzer Cookie
There are a few things that Britain takes pride in, usually they are things most people might find odd – like our ability to queue for anything and everything, we take queuing etiquette very seriously. One thing we rightfully take pride in is our biscuits – nothing beats a British biscuit! From the tough cookie HobNob to the beloved Custard Cream, and everything in between – we love our biscuits! Of course, these are not to be confused with what American’s call biscuits, when a Brit says “biscuit” we mean a cookie. I’ve picked up many Americanisms over the last few years, having an American best friend will do that to a person, and I’ll refer to lots of things as “cookies” – but the British classics? They will always be biscuits – a custard cream, a jammie dodger, a chocolate bourbon, a rich tea – always biscuits!
Deliciously chewy cookies, packed full of Smarties and chocolate chunks. The flavour in these cookies is indescribably good, you have to try them!
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Do you ever feel so overwhelmingly busy but you really don’t actually have that much to do? That’s how I’ve been feeling this week! I think it’s because I’ve been a bit under the weather so every little thing feels like a massive chore, I just sit and think about the things I need to do – like write this post, edit photos, take photos, bake Easter treats… then of course my actual job – and it feels like I’m planning to climb Mount Everest, it all just seems like way too much effort! But today I am feeling a little less poorly and a little more ready to take on the world… or this post at least. I also baked something for Easter today so I’m totally getting on top of things!