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Berry Punch

I was chatting to my friend Maria from Roar Living recently and she told me about the Berry Punch she just made, it sounded so good so I cheekily asked her if she could photograph it and send me details so I can share it with you all.  She happily obliged, over to Maria. Today I […]

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Gingerbread Reindeer

Hiding in the freezer section at Ikea is frozen gingerbread dough.  I don’t like the smell or taste of ginger and rarely make gingerbread for my kids (mean mummy).  However, my kids LOVE gingerbread so I thought I would give this dough a go. I thawed the dough in the fridge and rolled onto a floured […]

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Cherry Ripe Balls

A friend of mine recently told me about a recipe, Cherry Ripe Balls.   She knows me ooh to well, Cherry Ripes are my most favourite chocolate bar and funnily enough after my surgery it’s one of the only chocolate bars I can stomach, many of the others are too sweet for me now. I […]

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  • Lisa

    Wondering what are cherry ripe bars? and Nice biscuits?ReplyCancel

    • Clare

      where are you from Lisa? These are an aussie chocolate bar with cherries and coconut inside and covered in dark chocolate. Nice biscuits are just a sweet plain biscuit :)ReplyCancel

    • Aah Lisa I’m presuming you are not Aussie. Here in Australia Cherry ripe bar is the most delicious chocolate, it’s chocolate on the outside and cherry and coconut on the inside. Nice biscuits are a dry sweet biscuit with sugar on the outside.ReplyCancel

  • AMS

    Sounds awesome, what size cherry ripe bars did you use ?ReplyCancel

    • Clare

      I would assume the standard size or king size as there is a large quantity of biscuit included :)ReplyCancel

    • I used the small ones, but you could use the bigger variety would be a stronger cherry ripe flavourReplyCancel

  • Diandra

    Just wondering how many balls does this recipe make??ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I will have to try these. I have made them like a regular Rumball with the cocoa & rum too. Have also used ‘Fry’s Turkish delight’ bars too. YUMMM !ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Do you use standard size cherry ropes or treat size?ReplyCancel

Christmas Chocolate Ripple Cake

I made this Chocolate Ripple Cake last year as dessert for a family gathering on Christmas Eve, it was super easy to make, tasted so good and I received so many compliments! CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE RIPPLE CAKE Make cream mixture then spread a tablespoon over one biscuit Repeat 4 times finishing with a choc biscuit Place […]

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  • Notsoorganised

    My hubby makes a log with ginger nuts dunked in rum, sandwiched together with cream, then covered with cream & grated chocolate. One for the big kids.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I’ve done this log various ways too – adding peppermint essence to the cream, or making a version with orange zest and chocolate powder in the cream and crushed jaffas on top, dunked the biscuits in crème de cacao and decorated with toasted hazelnuts…..it really is the easiest of ‘instant’ desserts for a non-cook like me!ReplyCancel

  • Azzabonj

    Do the biscuits soften up overnight (making it more cake-like)?ReplyCancel

    • suzanne

      I was wondering that myself.ReplyCancel

    • DeludedPrincess

      Yup – the longer you leave them the softer they get. It’s divine!ReplyCancel

  • Andie

    we stick the biscuits together with jam and over 3 days pour sherry, port and masala over the biscuits until its like a sticky log and then put the cream over it with lolly raspberries and lolly mint leaves – obviously not a cake for kids but it is DIVINE! and I don’t drink alcohol!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Hall

    Looks great wish I could eat it but cream hates me, not worth the after efforts of trips to little room.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Tastes awesome with the biscuits dipped in Baileys first!ReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    I do a similar cake using ginger nut biscuits soaked for a second in a milk and rum mix and basically layer flat and then cover with cream. always a hit anytime of year.ReplyCancel

  • christine

    smashing up cherry ripe bars through the cream and decorating it with even more cherry ripe bars is another great christmas variation – make a ring of biscuits for a wreath effect.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs808

    My mum had made this for years! I dip my ripple biscuits in sherry and grate peppermint aero bar over the top. I call it a caterpillarReplyCancel

Gift Idea – Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she […]

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  • […] Find more details here on how to make Christmas Cookies in a Jar.  Labels available in my shop. […]ReplyCancel

  • gifter123

    These are terrific! How many cookies will the recipient get out of this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Anything I can use as a substitute for the coconut?ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Could I use a 1 Litre Jar? I’m struggling to find a 1.5ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Firstly, I LOVE your blog! And I love this gift idea! I’m going to make this for my colleges! Silly/random question, but have you baked these cookies before yourself? Is this recipe tried and tested so to speak? How did they turn out? How many does it make approx? Only because I want to make sure my gift turns out perfectly for my recipients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • I sure have Alicia and I love this recipe, I love any cookie with oats in it!! It makes the same amount as a typical cookie batch a good 30 or so. Hope they love them!ReplyCancel

Home-made Cheese Biscuits

I’m really enjoying cooking a wonderful array of food for my family on weekends, it’s my way to relax and unwind.  My kids love crackers and dips and I have wanted to try making my own type of cracker of a while.  This is a cheese cracker which I served with avocado horseradish spread and […]

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Bacon and Onion Dip

My taste buds have really changed lately, I am enjoying more savoury foods than sweet.  I’ve been enjoying making some dips and having them on hand in the fridge for the moments I am feeling a little peckish. But this one is perfect to serve at an upcoming Christmas gathering. Serve with crackers & vegetable […]

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Christmas Chocolate Pudding Balls

Christmas Chocolate Pudding Balls   Print Prep time 25 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Katrina Cuisine: Christmas Serves: 30 Ingredients 1 fruit cake 250g cream cheese, room temperature 230g dark chocolate melts red and green sprinkles Instructions Crumble fruit cake into a bowl With hands combine cream cheese and fruit cake Roll into […]

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  • Terri

    Hi Kat, would this recipe freeze well and how long would they last if not suitable for freezing :)ReplyCancel

    • Hi Terri, I personally haven’t frozen ours, so I can’t be certain how they would go. We still have a few left here, it’s been a week since I made them and they are still just as tasty as the day I made them, just remember to keep them in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    Where do you buy the red and green sprinkles from?ReplyCancel

    • Bronwyn

      Molly, I managed to find some at Spotlight in the cake decorating section.ReplyCancel

      • Yes for spotlight, Wheel & Barrow and I have also seen them recently at Riot Art and CraftReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn

    I’m looking to only make a small amount. According to your recipe it says “1 Fruit cake” what size fruit cake? 500g? 700g? Trying to figure out the ratio of cream cheese to fruit cake so I can make a small batch.ReplyCancel

  • Dannette

    these are a perfect addition to my neighbour gift hampers! Thanks:)ReplyCancel

Tim Tam Buttons or Balls

We had a great time at the Gold Coast Mayors Christmas Carols on the weekend, we set up our camp chairs and picnice rug ready for a great night, which also included some yummy finger food.  I made bacon and vegetable slice, cut up watermelon, cubes of cheese, slices of kabana and I made some tim tam […]

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  • Leanne Moore

    Hi Katrina, these look very yummy. My kids aren’t fans of coconut so would cocoa or chocolate sprinkles be OK or would it be too chocolatey? Is there such a thing as TOO chocolatey?ReplyCancel

    • They are delicious! Cocoa, chocolate sprikles or 100&1000’s would be fine JReplyCancel

  • Sarah Klem

    These look amazing, yum!ReplyCancel

  • I have a batch of this mixture in a bowl in the fridge at the moment and after watching my first ball flop I am considering adding another packet of Tim tams to firm them up!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Carly, at that stage I put them in the fridge and they firm up a little then roll again and roll into coconut. JReplyCancel

  • wat is tim-tams?? ive never heard of themReplyCancel

  • Diane Leech

    wow I will have to try these I like simple but nice recipesReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    These look a good idea for Christmas day. How many do they make?ReplyCancel

  • Ami

    These are so yummy, I made them last year and am hoping to make them again next week with my two girls… without hi-jacking your thread and your recipe, I am also in Qld (Brisbane), and instead of the condensed milk, make them with Philly cream cheese ~ they may hold their shape a bit better, but honestly, Tim Tam Balls or Tim Tam Buttons, I don’t think anyone cares, because they are so deliciously yummy!!! A. xxReplyCancel

  • sly

    What flavor are the biscuits? Would graham crackers work?ReplyCancel

  • G'day

    We make them with one packet biscuits (homeband version) to one tub cream cheeseReplyCancel

Easy Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Cake

We had a family BBQ recently and I was asked if I could bring along some of my caramel tarts, but after hearing that over 20 people would be there I thought I’d make a few extra goodies. Earlier this year I made a super easy kit kat cake which was fun to make with the kids. […]

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