Oat Cream Biscuits Just Like HobNobs

DON’T DREAM ABOUT THEM BAKE THEM   Today was a lovely sunny day and a much-needed boost for me to get baking my Oat Cream Biscuits in the kitchen. Since Mr.CBB shared his version of a Starbucks Lemon Loaf last Sunday I thought I would share my little hidden gem of a secret today. I was up early making bread, Apple sauce and my version of  HobNobs that I remember enjoying as a child in Scotland. First off, we say biscuits instead of cookies in the UK so don’t get them confused as they are the same thing. Biscuits in Canada are also known as scones which can make it equally as confusing but don’t worry it’s fairly simple to understand. What are HobNobs? McVitie’s HobNobs are a British biscuit that you can buy in Canada at local British shops but are quite expensive. You can also buy them at the Bulk Barn and I’ve seen them at Walmart in the small British section that they offer. I’m sure there are other places you can purchase them if you source out the small shops in your area that carry international foods. HobNobs are generally a plain oat biscuit or you […]

Chunky chocolate chip walnut cookies

Homemade Cookies Baked With Love   You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and a hot cup of tea. I’m a big fan of cookies so I tend to make them often over cakes since I’m the only one who eats them. That and cookies are dead easy to make and don’t cost as much as buying them from the bakery. You can’t compare homemade cookies to bagged cookies either. Growing up my mum made cookies (biscuits) often because she didn’t fancy buying them from the grocery store. My mum used to make cookie baskets for her friends when she went to visit for tea and that was her way of saying thanks for having her and dad over for a cuppa. Saying that I can tuck into a pack of McVities Milk Chocolate Hobnobs any day of the week… (sorry mum) but to buy them in Canada costs a mere fortune so I’ll have to wait until we go back to the UK so I can load up on some good eats. I joke with my sister that we are going to hang outin the grocery store just to pick out all the foods I miss […]

Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread Cookies With Lemon Drizzle

EASY EASTER SHORTBREAD   The best memories I have of baking especially at Easter is coming into the kitchen after school and smelling and seeing what my mom had baked. My favourite cookie that my mum would make is the butter shortbread cookie which I will share with you here today.These butter shortbread cookies are super easy to make and decorate and are far better to make homemade vs store-bought cookies. My mum used to make these amazing double shortbread cookies which are two pieces of shortbread loaded with jam in the middle and icing on top. We always used to fight over those when we were kids just because they were doubled up and stuffed cookies. After moving to Canada I had to get this shortbread recipe from mum so I could bake it with my kids, which is actually my grandma’s recipe. I love lemon and so does my family which is why I created this shortbread cookie with lemon drizzle. My youngest Rhia is the helper to decorate the cookies even though she eats more than the actual decorating. Of course there is always a fight to see who gets to finish off the lemon drizzle icing or to have […]

Reader Question: Homemade or Store Bought~ Which is Cheaper?

Mr. CBB has paid me the compliment of inviting me to help answer a reader’s question: A question I would love to have feedback on from you and your fans is: How do you know when it’s less expensive to make homemade baked goods or buy it pre-made at the store? I’m on a tight budget and I hesitate to try recipes only to find out it’s more expensive with the ingredients and electricity amongst other things. I am sure it’s more nutritious to make my own but right now it’s financial. The short answer is that bakery goods have among the highest mark up in the grocery store, so home baking is almost always more affordable than an equivalent purchase from the store. In reality, though, there are some factors that need to be considered, especially if you’re on a tight budget. If you are not already a baker, you’ll need to have some basic equipment on hand to bake and you’ll also need the ingredients called for in the recipe. My advice? Do bake at home and make homemade. You’ll recoup your initial investment in ingredients and equipment very quickly. Tips on getting started with home baking inexpensively Keep your […]

Spooky Frugal Halloween Fun! Mr.CBB’s Scary Witch Finger Cookies!

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead   Halloween is just around the corner and if you are looking for an easy cookie recipe that is fun and frugal you must make my scary Witch Finger Cookies.  With so many Halloween parties happening in October this scary quick witch finger cookie recipe will be a hit for any party whether with your friends or co-workers. These are also great little treats to send with the kids to school or day care if they are permitted. You can’t buy these witch finger cookies around where I live but they are so cheap to make. I would say all said and done not including time and hydro they cost us around $5.00 to make. That’s not bad for a yield of just over 36 witch finger cookies. The best part is the witch finger cookies are fun to make and making these with the kids, well you can’t buy memories can you now. The ingredients in these witch finger cookies start with basic ingredients although the almonds, almond and vanilla extract and red decorator gel are something you might have to head to a bulk store to pick up. Believe it or not the […]

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