Sunday, August 16, 2009

Raisin-Oat Cookies

These are Joe's favourite cookies. He requests them a lot! They are chewy, spicy, easy to adapt and consistently delicious.

Hype over with, onto the recipe!


1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar (or any brown sugar will work fine)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 + 1/2 cups porridge oats
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 175C (350F)

In a bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth.

Combine the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets

Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light golden.

The cookies will look like they are underdone but this is necessary for them to be chewy.

Leave to cool on the baking sheet for a little while before removing them and be careful when you do as they'll be kind of crumbly.

Recipe makes about 15 cookies.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cream Cheese Icing

This is a really simple and light icing that you can use for Carrot Cake, Double Chocolate Loaf Cake or any cake or muffin that needs a unobtrusive icing.

It's best if you keep this in the fridge and ice the cake just before serving, but it's ok at room temperature in an airtight container.

This recipe will make enough icing for the top of a loaf cake. It's simple to increase or decrease the amount, just remember to keep the proportions the same.


50g soft cream cheese
25g butter, at room temperature
25g icing sugar

In a bowl, beat all the ingredients together until smooth.