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Granny’s Jam Drops

7 Apr

One of my favourite childhood memories is eating home made jam drops. I would carefully nibble the biscuit around the jam centre and once there was no more biscuit to hold I would pop the little jam filled well in my mouth.

jam drops

My Rooster also loves jam drops, however until today he had only had the supermarket variety. This is something that needed to change.

The recipe I have is the same recipe my great grandmother (aka Granny) used to make, I think I just remember eating hers, I definitely remember eating Nanny’s and my Mum’s though.

To make them you need

120g butter

3/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

2 cups of plain flour

2 tsp of baking powder

a splash of milk if needed for consistency

your favourite jam


Start by creaming the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and beat well,


gradually add flour and baking powder, if necessary add a splash of milk for a smooth consistency, I didn’t need to do this, so you most likely won’t either.


Roll teaspoon fulls of the dough into balls and place on a lined tray.


Now you need to make little wells for the jam to sit in.  I found using my knuckle gave the best results, a nice round deep well to hold all that lovely jam.


Spoon in your favourite jam, we used strawberry.


Now bake for about 15 minutes at 160ºC

My mini men couldn’t wait to get into these, they hadn’t even cooled before they were munching away on them.


Rooster declared they were the best jam drops ever, so much better than the supermarket ones, which made me feel happy as he often is not fussed on the home made versions of his favourite bakery/supermarket treats.

I already have a request for a second batch for his soccer carnival next month.

They were just as perfect as I remembered them too.


Anzac Bikkies get a Minxy makeover

24 Apr


So, a few weeks ago I wrote about being on a 30 day sugar ban, well I decided to end it early, 11 days early in fact. It went well except for a small slip up around day 8.

The reason I decided to bring sugar back was so that I could eat ANZAC Bikkies. With tomorrow being ANZAC Day there is nothing better to do than scoff down an Australian favourite.

For those of you who don’t know what ANZAC is, it stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and on ANZAC Day we remember all those who fought to keep our country free, and we get a lovely day off work!

Yesterday The Rooster asked if we could make ANZAC bikkies and how could I refuse, so here they are.


These biscuits were made in war time without the addition off egg which was in short supply, they keep well and were often made to send to loved ones who were away fighting

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 cup of packed brown sugar

`1 cup of plain flour

3/4 cup coconut

1/2 tsp bicarb soda

1 cup oats

2 tbsp water

and our sneaky little non traditional addition 3/4 cup of white choc chips


Cut the butter into cubes and add to a medium saucepan


Add the golden syrup, I think all of Nundah were making these also, the supermarket was out of golden syrup so we had to substitute some treacle


Stir over medium heat until combined


It should look like this and smell like decadent caramelly goodness


Next, add the dry ingredients


Stir until combined, add some water if needed to so that the mixture is nice and smooth


The Rooster wanted to add some white choc chips, you don’t have to add these, they are not traditional, or you could choose to add some other non traditional items, like chopped nuts, glace or dried fruit.

Due to the heat in the mixture the choc chips melted and created a marbled effect in the biscuit.


Roll level tbsp of mixture and place on a baking sheet. Give them plenty of room to grow!

Then bake for around 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or a bit longer if you like a crunchy bikkie.


When they come out of the oven they will be very gooey so let them cool, this is hard.

Once they have cooled feel free to indulge.

These have been a huge hit in my house tonight, they are so delicious it is hard to stop at one!


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