Independence day is a chance to indulge in oversized American desserts, and anything Smores themed are a great example. These chocolate cupcakes have a marshmallow filling, marshmallow frosting and are topped with cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows.
Nanaimo bars are a Canadian bar from the city of Nanaimo. They have a biscuit and walnut base, custard in the middle and chocolate on top. They’re a good ‘make-ahead’ dessert for Canada Day on July 1st and a change from the predictable maple syrup and pancakes.
These cookies have a chocolate and vanilla swirl for the solstice. They’re easy to make in advance then slice and bake when needed.
These mini loaves are a cross between a peanut butter cupcake and gingerbread. They have a strong caramel flavour with peanut and cranberry chunks. The frosting on top is a peanut butter frosting.
Muffins… not cupcakes. For the uninformed, muffins are (usually) bigger than cupcakes and don’t have frosting. Starbucks and other coffee shops try to sell muffins as health food, but really they’re as much of a dessert as any other cake.
These banana muffins have chunks of strawberry in and use whole wheat flour for extra flavour.
These peanut butter bars have crushed Oreos on top. They were good, but next time I’d use the recipe below (doubled from my attempt) and spread another layer of batter on top to sandwich the Oreos inside.
Sweetcrust pastry with vanilla creme patissiere and strawberries on top. The pastry is extremely light and flaky due to the cream. It’s pretty much shortbread, so you can bake any leftover pastry and eat on it’s own.
I also made a gluten free one with crushed gluten free digestive biscuits. Instead of pastry, crush a handful of biscuits and mix with just enough melted butter to moisten. Don’t overdo the butter – it’s easy to misjudge at first and add more than needed. Once you the butter into the biscuits the mixture should hold together.
That’s alpha-whores, not alfazores, alfa-joores or any other anglicized pronunciation. These Spanish sandwich have a layer of dulce de leche in the middle and are usually sprinkled with coconut, almond or other chopped nuts.Mine were filled with desiccated coconut and flaked almonds. Though you can make dulce de leche (milk jam/confiture de lait) yourself by boiling a can of condensed milk, buying it premade saves time and potential kitchen explosions.
The cookies have a light and soft texture due to the cornflour.
These cookies have a soft texture and are filled with nuts. They’re rolled twice in icing sugar- once while they’re still warm then again after they’ve cooled down. This creates a crunchy inner layer which melts, and a uniform outer layer of icing sugar.
In honour of Ukraine’s awful winning performance at Eurovision 2016, Yabluchnyk is a traditional layered apple cake.