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Halloween Recipe time! Skippy Spooky Cookies

25 Oct

It can be so boring handing out pre-packaged sweets to the trick or treaters at your door or the guests at your Halloween party. I love baking, and adore peanut butter so thought that I would give Skippy’s Spooky Cookies a try this year. They were so easy to make and the recipe is pretty simple:

·         1 jar of Smooth SKIPPY® Peanut Butter

·         340g cups all-purpose flour

·         1 teaspoon baking powder

·         1 teaspoon baking soda

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         170g butter

·         150g granulated sugar

·         165g firmly packed brown sugar

·         2 large eggs

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract



1.      Heat oven to 180°C/ 350°F.

2.      In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.

3.      In large bowl, beat together peanut butter and margarine with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in granulated and brown sugars, then eggs and vanilla until blended. Beat in flour mixture just until blended.

4.      Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On ungreased baking sheets, arrange cookies 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly golden. If decorating like spiders, remove to cool on baking sheets 2 to 3 minutes. Decorate to look like spiders, if desired.

5.      If decorating like spiders, gently press mini chocolate button or chunk into top of each cookie while still warm. When chocolate starts to melt, attach thin pretzel “legs” by placing end of pretzel into melted chocolate. Cool completely then attach mini coated candy pieces for “eyes” and mini sugar pearls for “pupils” with peanut butter.

SKIPPY® Peanut Butter has a RRP of £2.25 per 340g jar and is available in Smooth and Super Crunch varieties, which are currently available in major UK supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Ocado.

Pancake Day!

9 Feb

With Pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) upon us I thought I’d include an easy recipe for you all to use. You can’t beat making your own, it’s so cheap! The kits in shops seem cheap, but ultimately flour eggs and water will always work out better value.

Easy Recipe

100g plain flour
2 large egg
300ml milk
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
caster sugar, to serve (optional)


1) Put flour, eggs, milk and salt into a bowl, then whisk into a smooth batter.
2) Set a frying pan to medium heat and spray with 1 cal spray.
3) When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
4) Serve with lemon wedges and sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.



Valentines Recipes

12 Feb



1/2 Flute of Champagne

1/2 Flute of GUINNESS Extra Stout


Pour the GUINNESS Extra Stout into a polished champagne flute

Top up with the champagne ensuring there is no overspill

The GUINNESS Black Velvet should be dark in colour with a frothy head, resembling a pint of GUINNESS


Ingredients for 25 pieces

1 kg dark chocolate in small chunks

400ml cream


Zest of 1 orange

Cocoa or coconut powder


Add the cream and GUINNESS to a saucepan and bring to the boil

Add the chocolate and grated orange zest

Mix together until the chocolate is fully melted

Leave the chocolate mix until it is cool to the touch, but not set

Take generous tea spoons of the mixture and roll in your hands to form small round truffles

Dust in cocoa powder or coconut powder

Set in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours



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