Ann Reardon

Macarons & Snacks

protein balls recipe are they good for you

Are protein balls good for you?

You feel as stuffed as the Christmas turkey! The scales register an increase and you decide to start your new year's health kick early.  Should you make some home-made healthy protein balls or bars?  Let's make some and check out how they stack up when compared with other snacks.   Healthy Protein Balls Recipe or you ... »

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27 Christmas Cookie Recipes

  Twenty Seven Christmas Cookie recipes for you to try out. It's not too late to get some baking done and get into the Christmas spirit. I can't write this post without asking you to pray for the families of those killed in the siege in Sydney, my home town. A gunman held customers at ... »

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Camera Pinata Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cute Camera Pinata Sugar Cookies filled with mini M&M's are perfect for your next memorable moment. Photography used to be a hobby reserved for people with ridiculously long lenses and very deep pockets. Now thanks to digital technology and hi-res smart phones, everyone can take beautiful photos, add a filter and look like an expert. This week ... »

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Disney Frozen Snowflakes Jelly Cups

  These little Frozen jellies, complete with frosty rims and snowflake icing will be a wonderful dessert to go along with an Elsa, Anna or Olaf cake at a Disney Frozen party.  As a little girl growing up in a very warm country like Australia, I imagined snow to be the most wonderful stuff. Girls in white ... »

chocolate strawberry roses

Chocolate Strawberry Roses Bouquet

A fresh bouquet of chocolate strawberry roses makes a beautiful and creative gift.  Perfect for chocolate lovers everywhere.   Chocolate strawberry roses ingredients: cake pop sticks 200g (7.05 ounces) chocolate: you can use tempered real chocolate or melted compound chocolate there is a post explaining the difference here. Modeling chocolate Fresh strawberries washed, dried and hulled Dip th... »

How to make Jelly Beans Recipe

How to make Jelly Beans Recipe

This is a great activity for the school break, make jelly beans at home.  Parent supervision is needed when handling the hot sugar syrup. My wonderful husband is away speaking interstate and I miss him greatly.  I go to bed later when he's not here, it is like I am subconsciously waiting for him to get ... »

gooey chocolate brownie recipe

Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Recipe

  Gooey peanut butter chocolate brownies are best served warm with ice cream.   Gooey Chocolate Brownie Recipe 147g (5.19 ounces) or 2/3 cup butter 200g (7.05 ounces) chocolate 1 cup or 216g (7.62 ounces) castor (super fine) sugar 1 tsp vanilla 3 or 150g (5.29 ounces) eggs 90g (3.17 ounces) or 1/2 cup plus one Tbsp plain (all purpose) flour Gooey Peanut Butter Brownies 147g (5.19 ounces)... »

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There aren't many guarantees in life but here's one ... if you use my secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies, you'll need to hide them or they'll all be gone before the day is out. Rich, chewy, chocolatey, with a delicious pretzel crunch, they are best served warm with a glass of cold milk. ... »

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Worlds Biggest Snickers Bar Recipe

What's even better than a delicious Snickers bar?  The world's BIGGEST Snickers bar of course! The Guinness Book of World Records lists the largest Snickers ever made at 1LB, which everyone would agree is pretty big.  However, today's Snickers bar recipe will help you create a candy bar that's 5-times bigger again, with more than ... »

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Have a Wonderful Christmas

Christmas is always so much fun with kids in the house.  My 2-year-old excitedly yells 'Christmas Tree' every time we go to the local shopping centre, but just don't ask him to talk to Santa Clause. And he gasps with excitement as his big brothers tell him there will be presents under our tree on ... »

gingerbread christmas cookies recipe

Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe

The smell of gingerbread wafted through the house."Can we put the Christmas tree up mum?" "It's a bit early, but why not" You can make this delicious 'Gingerbread Christmas Cookies' recipe part of your family holiday traditions too, use it to make giant gingerbread houses or iced cookies.  They are easy to make and don't need electric mixers with ... »

best red velvet cake recipe

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Red velvet cake was the best selling cupcake at every store I visited recently in New York City.  But finding the perfect red velvet cake recipe is no easy task as there are so many variations.  Some I tried in NY were simply red-coloured vanilla cake with buttercream (which left me wondering what all the ... »

salted caramel macarons

Salted Caramel Macaron Recipe

These salted caramel macarons are seriously addictive.  You will not be able to stop at one.   Make a batch of dulce de leche first so it has time to cool, you need that for the filling. Have fun making this salted caramel macaron recipe. Macaron Shells: (makes 40 macarons shells in size shown in video, ... »

Caramel Cupcake Recipe

Caramel Cupcake Recipe

  It was six o'clock in the morning, I just putting the finishing touches on a birthday picnic for my hubby to take to work.  Caramel cupcakes with salted caramel frosting sat at the top of the picnic basket alongside chocolate macarons.The kids crept downstairs and we cooked bacon and eggs.   Breakfast in bed ... »

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Fun with Macaron Recipe Variations

Macaron shells don't have to be plain.  For some events you need something striking or fun. Play with these variations and post a picture of your macaron creation in the comments section below.   Easy Macaron Video Recipe is here and watch the FAQ video too 1. Add Toppings to macarons: Nuts or sprinkles (jimmies) can be put on the ... »

mickey mouse cupcakes

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes with Mickey inside

 Mickey was everywhere, even honeymooners donned Mickey Mouse hats with veils. It was Disney World after all, but I still did not expect the level of devotion that the adults had for the Disney characters. These cupcakes are a tribute to our time spent at Disney World and to all those Mickey Mouse LOVERS! ... »

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Macaron Recipe Troubleshooting FAQ Cracked, Flat, Lumpy,

  1. Macaron Cracked Try rapping the trays on the bench harder or more times before cooking.   2. Macarons Flat or Lumpy See the pictures below which show the results of under-mixed and over-mixed macaroon mixture. undermixed good overmixed 2. Hollow macarons Macarons should not be hollow. This is most often caused by the oven being opened before they are cooked through or ... »

nougat candy recipe

Nougat Recipe

This nougat is the hard chewy variety, great for Christmas gifts. If you add lots of dried fruit and leave it a few days it will soften a little and not be such a jawbreaker. If you like hard nougat then just add nuts. You can dip it in chocolate or enjoy it just as ... »

Gangnam Style Cookies

Psy Gangnam Style Cookies

The Gangnam Style song by Psy has taken the world by storm. I had a request for gangnam style cookies so here they are. Gangnam Sugar Cookie Recipe 1 cup or 218g (7.69 ounces) sugar 230g (8.11 ounces) or 1 cup plus 2 tsp butter 1 egg 1 Tbsp vanilla essence or almond essence or lemon juice (optional) 3 cups or 480g (16.93 ounces) plain flour Preheat the ... »

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Chocolate Coated Oreos Recipe

If you want a pattern on top buy some chocolate transfer sheets. They have a thin layer of coloured cocoa butter on them in a pattern, when you add the warm chocolate it melts the cocoa butter and leaves the pattern on the chocolate when it sets. Then take a round object and trace ... »

chocolate orange macaroon

Chocolate Orange Macarons Macaroons Recipe

It seems people either love or hate the combination of orange and chocolate, I fall into the love category with this one. If it is not your cup of tea try flavouring the cream with something different like licorice, mint or even rosemary might be nice. Easy Macaron Recipe Ingredients 4 large egg whites or ... »

nut free macaron recipe

Nut Free Macaron Recipe | substitute almond flour

This is a golden macaron. It is special because it contains no nuts. That's right not a hint of almond meal or any other ground nuts or seeds. Many people have nut allergies and some just can not get hold of almond meal so they asked ' Can I substitute almond meal for wheat ... »

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Chocolate Macaron Recipe (Macaroons) with ginger ganache

Chocolate Macaron Recipe (Macaroons) After many requests here is the chocolate macaron recipe with ginger ganache. Sadly they have all been eaten and I am looking at this picture wishing there was just one left for me to have right now. Chocolate Macaron Recipe Ingredients 4 large egg whites or 5 small - 140g (4.94 ounces) 1/3 cup or 70g (2.47 ounces) ... »

easy cookie monster cupcakes

Easy Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Cookie Monster cupcakes Cookie Monster Cupcakes will go down a treat at any little kids party and with this technique they will be done quickly without the use of any fancy equipment. You will need: Cupcakes (vanilla cake recipe at bottom of princess cake post or chocolate cake recipe) Blue Buttercream (buttercream recipes can be found here) White chocolate melts ... »

melting moment recipe masterchef

Melting Moments Cookie Recipe with Vanilla Buttercream – MasterChef

  I took these melting moments to playgroup this week and the mums loved them.  So here is the recipe for you.  The biscuit recipe is the one used by Julia Taylor in MasterChef - an Australian TV show.  Buttercream and Jam are my own versions.   Melting Moment Biscuit Recipe 180g (6.35 ounces) or 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp ... »

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