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.
Fluffy cupcakes with chunks of cherry and marzipan and a white chocolate cream cheese frosting on top.
Banana, chocolate, hazelnuts and marshmallows in one cupcake? What an awesome idea. I split these banana cupcakes into two – half filled with Nutella and chopped hazelnuts and frosted with marshmallow buttercream, and the other half filled with marshmallow buttercream and frosted with Nutella and hazelnuts.
These cookies are firm enough to hold their shape, so they work well with cookie cutters. I made an army of Darth Vader and Darth Maul for Star Wars day.
Chocolate brownies studded with Cadbury’s Creme Egg chunks. These were a tad on the gooey side, possibly due to me not cutting the Creme Eggs small enough and possibly because they should have been baked for another couple of minutes.
Two types of chocolate in one cookies – these are half vanilla cookie with milk chocolate chips and half chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. They’re in aid of the vernal equinox (half night/half day).
Neenish tarts are a (mostly) Australian tart which has a sweetened condensed milk filling and milk/white chocolate on top. They’re perfect for the equinox which is the half way point between the solstices where day (white) and night (dark/milk) are the same length. Sometimes they have a mock cream of gelatin based filling, but the sweetened condensed milk version in this recipe is easier to make.
The vernal equinox means dark, milk, white chocolate, or any combination of the three (the equinox is the point between the solstices, when the night lasts about as long as the day). These bitesized bars have an Oreo crust and swirls of cheesecake on top. The base is around 75% Oreos and 25% Belvita breakfast biscuits, but you can use most type of biscuits for a different flavour.
As this has a significant chocolate flavour, opt for good quality chocolate if you can – 35% cocoa solids and above is a good benchmark. Dr Oetker makes good baking chocolate without the insane price tag of some artisan brands.