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Cherry Cookies

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.

What you have in these Cherry Cookies is a sweet sugar and cherry cookie with a coating of crunchy cornflakes. It’s an easy bake and a simple cookie, but sometimes, that’s all you need.

A true 1950s retro classic from the US that made it’s way into multiple recipe collections in Northern Ireland!

Ingredients

4oz/110g/1 stick butter

3oz/85g/½ cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp vanilla extract

5oz/150g/1 cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)

1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

2oz/55g/about 16 glacé cherries (candied cherries), chopped

2oz/55g/1 cup crushed cornflakes

8 glacé cherries, halved, for decoration

Method

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.

2. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into the mixture along with the chopped cherries and stir until combined.

3. Form into 14-16 balls (around a heaped tablespoon of mix per cookie) and roll in the crushed cornflakes to cover the outside of the dough.

4. Place on a greased or lined baking sheet, leaving room for the cookies to spread. Place a halved cherry on top of each cookie and flatten slightly.

5. Bake at 350F/170C for 15-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

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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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Wonder Bites

This is another remarkably simple recipe.  Chopped nuts, cherries and coconut, covered in chocolate.  There is a little bit of coffee essence in the recipe, but to be honest, I didn’t notice a discernible coffee taste from these Wonder Bites.

Well, I say this is an easy recipe and it looks remarkably simple.  My baking went something like this…

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Paradise Squares

I won’t try to claim that these traybakes will transport you to a tropical island.  If that is your idea of paradise.  Perhaps your idea of paradise is sitting in my kitchen in the middle of a New England winter watching Little Miss Traybakes paint a masterpiece with her new watercolor set while ignoring the housework?  No?!  Unfortunately, that’s all that I can offer right now.  That, and a recipe for these Paradise Squares traybakes.

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Iced Christmas Pudding

We’re feeling very festive here in the Traybakes’ household.  Little Miss Traybakes decorated our Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago.  We’ve already had a few snowfalls.  And our mission to introduce mince pies to the Americans continues.  It’s mostly been successful too!

So, I thought I’d try to sneak in a quick blog post before Christmas.  What to make?!  Then I remembered a recipe that Mummy Traybakes first made many years ago for Iced Christmas Pudding.  I have no idea where this recipe comes from, but like many of the traybake recipes, it’s probably been passed around for years.

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Poor Man’s Florentines

I know that I claim that a lot of these recipes are incredibly easy to make, but this one has to be near the top of the list of easy traybakes.  It was quick to assemble and really only requires some chopping, butter melting and biscuit crushing.

Now, this is my third attempt at making a florentine style traybake.  The two previous recipes hadn’t been very successful, so I was taking quite a gamble trying yet another florentine recipe!  But this one worked!  And they are rather yummy.

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Yum Yum Cakes

This was a new traybake for me, but at the same time there is something familiar about it.  Perhaps I have eaten it in the past or maybe it’s just the combination of ingredients.  Or maybe the meringue layer made me start to think about pavlova…

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