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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!

These Flakemeal Biscuits are tasty if left plain, but even better topped with chocolate (and sprinkles!)

Ingredients

Makes approx. 18 cookies

4oz/110g/1 stick butter

2oz/55g/¼ cup sugar

5oz/150g/1½ cups flakemeal/oatmeal/porridge oats

1oz/30g/¼ cup desiccated coconut

1oz/30g/¼ cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)

¼ tsp baking soda

Method

1.  Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

2.  Mix in all the other ingredients.

3.  Turn onto a floured surface and knead briefly to bring the dough together.

4.  Roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm. The dough can be little crumbly to work with, but bear with it and just squish it back together again if it starts to break apart.

Oatmeal Cookies

5.  Cut into rounds.  Place on a lined baking sheet, leaving a little room between biscuits as they will spread slightly.  Bake at 325F/160C for 12-15 minutes. or until golden.

6.  Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Decorate with melted chocolate and sprinkles, if you prefer!

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Alice Cakes

I have multiple recipes for Alice Cakes, but I don’t remember eating these growing up. But there are many recipes I have encountered that are unfamiliar to me, that’s one of the pleasures of baking for this blog, I get to discover all sorts of new treats.

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Chocolate Custard Slices

Chocolate Custard Slices. These were a big hit in the Traybakes’ household. They are no-bake. They are easy to make. They freeze well. And they are really rather yummy.

In my exploration of all things baking, I discovered that these Chocolate Custard Slices are incredibly similar to a Canadian traybake called Nanaimo Bars.  The main difference seems to be the inclusion of almonds in the base of the Canadian version.  Although, just like with many Northern Irish traybakes, there do appear to be multiple recipe variations.  But I’m going to stick with calling them Chocolate Custard Slices.

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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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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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Snowballs

We had our first flurries of snow in the week before Thanksgiving this year. When I’m clearing several inches (hopefully not feet!) of snow off our driveway later in the winter, I shall try to remember the look of sheer joy on Little Miss Traybakes’ face when she saw the sprinkling of flakes outside.  It won’t make the snow shoveling any easier but I’m hoping it’ll make me smile!

It’s not the earliest I’ve ever seen snow over here and there certainly wasn’t enough to make even the smallest of snowballs, so I’ve been making snowballs in the kitchen instead.

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Diane’s Delights

This traybake was new to me but as Little Miss Traybakes pointed out, it does have a lot of the same ingredients as Fifteens (this unprompted comment made me rather proud – a star baker in the making?!)

These are very sweet but also very delicious.  Coconutty, crunchy, filled with sticky marshmallows, and topped with sweet white chocolate, these are definitely not for anyone looking to reduce their sugar consumption!  But like most of my other bakes, I cut these into small squares.  Everything in moderation!

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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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Cornflake Squares

I am on a roll with the ‘firsts’ for the blog.  This was my first ‘try to find the traybake someone remembered their mum making’.  I received a message via Facebook (thank you!) from someone who remembered a traybake with crushed cornflakes, coconut and white icing on the top.

This may not be the same.  This may not even come close.  But it does have cornflakes, coconut and white icing on the top.  I tried!

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