These Ginger Cornflake Crispies are similar to the Cherry Cookies I made previously, mostly because the ‘crispy’ part of the biscuit comes from being rolled in crushed cornflakes before they are baked. And just goes to prove that cereal isn’t just for breakfast. Or for traybakes. You can use it in cookies as well!
Imagine a soft oatmeal, chocolate-chip cookie with added spice and bananas and that pretty much sums up these Banana Nugget Cookies.
Not content with limiting myself to my Northern Irish retro recipe books, this is from an American community cookbook that I picked up at a used book stall last year. It’s a very similar format to my other community books, with recipes contributed by a variety of people. And there are several traybake recipes, as well as cookies, pies and cakes, so you can expect to see occasional American influences on the blog in the future.
Why would you want to make Custard Creams at home, I hear you ask? Well, not all of live somewhere you can buy them easily at the grocery store and also, it turns out that they are very easy to make and really tasty.
It’s a shortbread recipe with added custard powder and buttercream filling. And as custard powder is essentially flavored cornflour, it helps give the cookies a nice snap and light texture.
I typically make shortbread with white sugar, but in the midst of our time at home, I have thrown caution to the wind and went with this recipe for Brown Sugar Shortbread.
And, it turns out, brown sugar adds a treacle-y, molasses-y flavor to the shortbread that works well.
Such a simple recipe – just flour, butter and sugar. Brown, obviously.
Interestingly, I have several variations on this Cherry Cookies recipe in the pages of my retro recipe books, so I thought I’d give it a go as it has two classic traybake ingredients – cherries and cornflakes.
Then, when I got my Cornflakes box out to weigh and crush the flakes, there was a very similar recipe on the back of the box! A little research later and it turns out the original recipe was a winner in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1950. This recipe isn’t exactly the same, as the original contained pecans and dates but it’s certainly close.
Chocolate and mint. A classic pairing found in two of the most popular recipes on the blog (No-bake Chocolate Mint Slice and Mint Aero Traybake). And now also featuring in these Mint Chocolate Melting Moments.
I decided to make a mint buttercream to sandwich my Melting Moments together, but there are numerous flavors that would work equally well here – vanilla, chocolate, raspberry. Choose your favorite and go with that! I use 2oz/55g/½ stick of butter mixed with 4oz/110g/1 cup icing sugar to make my buttercream, which I flavored with a couple of drops of mint extract and some green food coloring.
Meringues were a regular feature at my birthday parties when I was growing up (along with Toffee Rice Krispie Squares), although typically made with white sugar instead of these Brown Sugar Meringues. And Mummy Traybakes usually sandwiched them together with whipped cream. Yum!
Nowadays I see these being referred to as Meringue Kisses or Meringue Cookies, but I still just think of them as meringues. Making them with brown sugar, instead of the more traditional white sugar, creates a darker, more treacley flavor, with a hint of caramel, which is just as delicious.
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!
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.
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!