Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! My plan for this evening was to purchase some Pumpkin flavoured Baileys and enjoy while watching ‘Hocus Pocus’, but I’ve been reading ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo and I didn’t really want to go and buy more drinks when I have lots in the cupboard already. I’m determined to try and put some of her principles into practice and have a good tidy up! So as a compromise I decided to have a go at flavouring some original Baileys I already had in the cupboard with Monin’s flavoured syrup that I had for adding to coffee. I mixed Cinnamon syrup in with the cream liqueur and it worked well. (I also have Pain d’Espice syrup in the cupboard, so I’m already prepared for Christmas drinks!)

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Cookie monster

If I was asked to pick my favourite flavour of cookie, I’d have a challenge on my hands. In my old office at work we developed a bit of an obsession with White Chocolate and Raspberry. Oatmeal and raisin is an old favourite. I’m also partial to Smarties cookies. I came across a recipe for raisin and oat cookies but decided to shake it up a bit by using chocolate covered raisins.

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Chocolate raisin and oat chunky cookies (makes 15-20)

100g butter at room temperature
50g granulated sugar
50g soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
100g porridge oats
100g self-raising flour
75g chocolate covered raisins

1. Preheat oven to 180┬░C and prepare 2 large baking trays by covering them with baking parchment.

2. Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and egg together.

3. Stir in the oats, flour and  chocolate raisins.

4. Put teaspoons of the mixture onto the baking tray and press down slightly. Leave some room to allow them to spread a little.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Leave to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. These are best eaten on the day you make them.