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Category: Biscuits/cookies

Flakemeal Biscuits

Flakemeal Biscuits, Oatmeal Cookies – whatever you choose to call these – they are a simple, crunchy, tasty biscuit.

While their traditional name in Northern Ireland is Flakemeal Biscuits, I ended up calling them Oatmeal Cookies when Little Miss Traybakes asked what they were, as she looked at me blankly when I said flakemeal. I guess I had better get used to the language differences that will spring up over the years, but I will still try to keep her educated on the ‘proper’ words!  My little US citizen shall be a bilingual baker!

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German Biscuits

German Biscuits, also known as Empire Biscuits, Belgian Biscuits and, originally (according to Wikipedia) Linzer Biscuits or Deutsch Biscuits.

In the brief history of the German Biscuit that I gleaned from my internet research, it turns out that around the time of WWI, many people started to call these Empire Biscuits instead (remind anyone of Freedom Fries?!) but in Northern Ireland, they continued to be the German Biscuit.

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Canadian Cookies

These are possibly the nicest, most polite cookies you’ve ever met.  And they love ice hockey.  And maple syrup.  Or perhaps they’re called Canadian Cookies for some other reason…

Probably, someone’s Aunt/Granny/neighbour got this recipe from a relative in Canada and they have forever been known as Canadian Cookies.  We may never know!  And, of course, my humble apologies to any Canadians reading this for the blatant stereotyping!

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Gipsy Creams

After some extensive brief internet research, I discovered that McVities’ Gipsy Creams were discontinued at least 10 years ago, so I can’t do a side by side comparison to see if this recipe is supposed to be a copy or if it’s just a similarly named biscuit.

And speaking of names, a lot of the internet seems to believe that Gypsy is spelt with a ‘y’ and my book and images of McVities biscuit wrappers spell it with an ‘i’.  Either way, I’m not sure you’d get away with calling a biscuit a Gipsy Cream these days, but these are retro recipes, so the name stays.

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Coconut Biscuits

Coconut features heavily in traybake recipes.  Glacé cherries feature heavily in traybake recipes.  And this recipe has both!

These cookies were simple and easy to make and when baked they had a nice crunch and weren’t too sweet.

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Nuts about ginger!

Yet another bake that goes by different names – ginger nuts, ginger snaps, even ginger cookies, if you prefer.  One thing the recipe does not contain is nuts, and even after consulting the oracle that is “the internet”, I don’t have a definitive answer on where that name comes from, so it shall remain a mystery to me.

This recipe is not from my books, but I was baking for a friend and this is a classic, so it’s the first of my ‘more’ recipes!

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