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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 and smoked salmon. […]

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  • Tab

    I love cheese biscuits! The recipe reminds me of the one my grandmother gave to me, and has since been lost. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Horton

    Turned out beautifully! :) Love the hit of heat the cayenne and poppy seeds provided. :) I made mini versions (about the size of a 20c piece) for gift jars. Thanks for the recipe!! :) ReplyCancel

Christmas Chocolate Pudding Balls

Christmas Chocolate Pudding Balls 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 bite sized […]

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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

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 […]

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Christmas Candy Cane Choc Balls

I made these Christmas Candy Cane Choc Balls for a BBQ lunch we went to on the weekend, they were a hit with the young and the old.   Place 310g chocolate (milk or dark your preference) and 7 tablespoons of cream in a bowl, place over a saucepan of boiling water.  Stir constantly with […]

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  • Jessica

    Looks like a nice little treat! :) Might keep this one in mind for upcoming catch-ups. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Mason

    I am thinking that breaking those candy canes would be a good stress relief over the holiday season too! Lovely idea – I will be making these xxReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Ooh, perfect Christmas sweet for kids and grown ups!ReplyCancel

    • Yes, I think the grown ups snuck quite a few when the kids weren’t looking JReplyCancel

  • Helen Catton

    Will be making them this week for my Christmas party which is on Saturday I think my grand kids will love them will let you all know how they went.ReplyCancel

  • Leo

    Do you think these would freeze ok?ReplyCancel

    • Great question, I’m not certain how the candy cane would go in the freezer and then defrosting as it can get quite sticky.ReplyCancel

      • Leona

        I might freeze without the candy cane to hopefully get around that. Sounds yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Mansell

    I’ve got white chocolate at home so going to try with this! I think it will look note Christmasy to:)ReplyCancel

Cheats Mini Christmas Puddings

These cheats Mini Christmas Puddings are super easy to make and take less than 10 minutes.  Perfect if you need to take a plate to a Christmas gathering.   Mini Christmas Puddings Using, Royal Chocolate Biscuits, White Chocolate and m&m’s  Place biscuits on tray Melt chocolate, in microwave for 20 seconds on medium, stir.  Then […]

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Christmas Rum Balls

This is my Nan’s ‘Christmas Rum Balls’ recipe, she made them every Christmas when I was younger.  Now I enjoy making them together with my kids each year. Create a version for the kids by eliminating the rum making ‘Christmas Chocolate Balls’. Christmas Rum Balls Prep time 15 mins Total time 15 mins   Author: Kat’s Nan […]

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  • I’ve never made them with apricot jam before- yummo!ReplyCancel

  • We love chocolate balls here every christmas with a different recipe! I think my 3.5yo is going to love getting his hands dirty rolling the balls this year xxReplyCancel

  • Do you mean Madeira cake (orangey taste) or is it something elseReplyCancel

  • Thanks for recipe!ReplyCancel

  • A great cheat to run balls is: buy a cheap fruit cake. Crumble. Pour run over it. Let it stand overnight in fridge. Roll into balls. Presto rum balls. I then roll in chocolate. Yum yum. Always a big hit!ReplyCancel

  • Can u plz clarify on cake mix!!!???ReplyCancel

  • Yes Rachel, Madeira sorry thought I spelt it right. Packaged in the bakery section of the supermarket. It looks like 1/2 a cake.ReplyCancel

  • oh sorry to be picky but im 38 weeks pregnant and wasnt sure i wasnt just having a mental blankReplyCancel

  • we use chocolate sponge cake, condensed milk, sultanas- soaked in rum :-), a bit of coconut and rum. Roll in balls, throw in freezer until needed. Always get comments on how beautiful they are!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks I just made them with my 3 year old :-) changed slightly so they are gluten and dairy free to suit our needs.ReplyCancel

  • thank you! I have been looking for a good rum ball recipe! I just found it!ReplyCancel

  • Karissa how did u make gluten free? ReplyCancel

  • they look really good.. thanks for sharing xReplyCancel

  • Im making this today but with Kahlua instead…..I wonder what it will taste like……I’ll let you know.ReplyCancel

  • I always assumed they were hard to make cause they’re so impressive looking. Maybe I’ll add some rumballs to my Christmas hampers.ReplyCancel

    • You should these are great. Sometimes I might just splash in a bit more rum for hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Joyh

    Butter Rum essence is nice if you want non-alcoholic :) ReplyCancel

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  • tanya

    a tip i learnt from a thermo-consultant friend… roll the ball mixture into a log, roll log in jam/cocoa/coconut, refrigerate then slice into discs. not traditional but a lot quicker!ReplyCancel

  • Jac

    Looks yum! ’1 Madeira butter cake’ I’m just wondering what amount this is? I have a madeira recipe that makes a large 25cm round cake, would that be right? Or do you mean the ones you can buy from the supermarket? Thanks! JacReplyCancel

  • Mel

    A silly question but what is a tlbReplyCancel

  • Amanda Woodford

    Mel a tablespoon.

    This is very similar to my family recipe but we use chocolate cake and dip them either choc non parells (choc sprinkles) or coat them with chocolate. we also soak aprox ! cup of chopped finely sultanas in aprox 2 tablespoons of rum over night and add them to keep the mixture moist and the rum flavour sweet.ReplyCancel

    • Jenny Park

      Hi, how much chocolate cake do you use size wise? Because I wanted to try chocolate cake or chocolate brownies. Could you possibly share your recipe please?ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Woodford

        I use two packet cake mixes and make in a baking tray, Aprox 1 cup sultanas covered with rum to soak overnight (chopped finely). Make these the day before. (easier). crumble cake add sultanas and rum mix then add as much apricot jam to make it a play dough consistency usually aprox three heaped tablespoons. If you want to add more rum nows the time. Roll into balls about walnut sized (heaped tablespoon) dip in chocolate or dip in warm jam and roll in choc sprinkles and let set . Makes about 60 rum balls of two bite size. Its all been handed down via osmosis so all the measurements are by eye. I hope it helps. note. If you make them a few weeks in advance and keep them in the freezer they will not freeze completely but they will get stronger because of the sultanas.ReplyCancel

{Christmas Food} Sticky Rice Bubble Slice

Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my Christmas Baking.  I have stocked up on the Christmas M&M’s to put in cookies, slices and so much more.   You can find bag’s of Christmas (green and red) M&M’s at Coles in the Christmas section. Your all getting to know me […]

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