Flapjacks and Shortbread, egg free, nut free and delicious!

I had decided to do a lot more baking in the new year, partly because I think the sugar content is so much less if you make it yourself and also because I'm keen to find new egg free/nut free recipes that Izzy (and all of us) can enjoy.

Freshly made golden syrup flapjacks

The flapjacks I've made a number of times - oats are great for keeping blood pressure balanced and as I've been pursuing a 'healthy heart' diet, they are a good treat for me.

The recipe comes from Jamie Oliver's site and I picked it originally because it seemed to have less sugar than a lot of the other recipes I found, and having made them, I'm so glad I chose this one because it's incredibly easy and so delicious.

Ingredients are simply butter, sugar, golden syrup and oats - sugar, syrup and butter are melted together and then the oats added (click link for full details). It literally takes about 5/10 min to put together and then pop in the oven for 25 min. You can score lightly when it's still warm and then cut properly when cool.

Brilliant recipe for kids to try too as there's really nothing to it!

Stirring flapjack mix with wooden spoon

Flapjack mix in tray ready to be spread

Cooked flapjacks fresh out of the oven

Next recipe I tried - this one for the first time, was shortbread, I really love the buttery goodness of shortbread and again, there's not a huge amount of sugar. Like the flapjacks, the recipe is super easy and comes from the BBC website. Here is the link - Easy Shortbread Recipe.
Again, it was very quick to put together - the recipe does say to leave in the fridge for 20 min on the tray before baking so allow a bit of time for this.
I allowed the full 20 min for baking but the outside biscuits got slightly overdone as I don't have a fan oven. They still tasted delicious though :)

I was experimenting a little with stamping the biscuits as I had some ideas for a Valentine's blog so you can see how that worked here - the stamp set I bought in Tiger. It worked well although it was super fiddly to get the letters in the right order and I could feel myself rapidly losing patience!
I did a biscuit each for the girls with their name and I'd say little kids would love the idea of having their name on biscuits.  Here's Síomha's one :)

Síomha's name stamped in biscuit dough

And some others, including Iseult:

Heart shaped biscuit dough with love stamp

Stamped shortbread biscuits ready for oven

Because the biscuits puffed up, the stamped letters faded a bit, I think maybe I'd stamp a bit more firmly next time or do it after they have been in the fridge to see if it makes any difference.

You can see below - still visible but perhaps not as much as I'd like.  They really taste gorgeous though and again the recipe is a great one for kids to try.

Heart shaped shortbread biscuit with love stamp

Shortbread biscuit cooling on tray with love stamp

Selection of heart shaped shortbread biscuits

I hope you've enjoyed my recipe ideas - as always they are suitable for anyone with an egg allergy and you can substitute a dairy free alternative for the butter to adjust for dairy allergy.

My next post will be some Valentine's ideas so you may be seeing these biscuits again :)

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  • Unknown
    Unknown 20 January 2016 at 21:42

    Oooh! These look so tasty! I'm Gluten-Free but can handle a little bit..bookmarking these! Thanks for sharing! xx (your photos are stunning btw) x

    • Cliona Kelliher
      Cliona Kelliher 20 January 2016 at 22:19

      Thank you! They're all most gone, the family really liked them :)

  • Tiggy Poes and Flutterbys
    Tiggy Poes and Flutterbys 20 January 2016 at 21:52

    I'm always looking for easy recipes to make with my daughter, mostly because I can't cook! I love how you put writing on the shortbread :)

    • Cliona Kelliher
      Cliona Kelliher 20 January 2016 at 22:20

      These are so super easy which is why I thought they'd be great for kids. My 14 year sometimes does a bit of baking and she loved the shortbread.

  • DannyUK.com
    DannyUK.com 21 January 2016 at 09:36

    These look delicious - especially the shortbread! I love the idea of imprinting names into them too.

  • MummyTravels
    MummyTravels 21 January 2016 at 10:48

    These look delicious. I know my daughter would love to help cut out the shapes and stamp them too - I suspect they'd all disappear very fast once made as well!

  • Ana De-Jesus
    Ana De-Jesus 21 January 2016 at 15:32

    These sound divine, I like that you are catering to people with allergies too. I have many friends who are allergic to dairy and my best friend is allergic to nuts. He has to carry an Epipen with him.

  • Mudpie Fridays
    Mudpie Fridays 21 January 2016 at 22:02

    We really enjoy flapjacks in our house, but I have to say your stamped biscuits are by far my favourite. What a great idea, I think they look fab! x

  • Ickle Pickle
    Ickle Pickle 21 January 2016 at 22:16

    Great recipes, I love the little biscuits with the words on - what a great idea! (I love Tiger too!) Kaz x

  • Emma T
    Emma T 21 January 2016 at 22:47

    Yum, I love flapjacks and shortbread. Both look good. I've got a 'handmade with love' baking imprint tool and it's great fun. But I like the letter ones too.

  • Admin
    Admin 22 January 2016 at 17:12

    I love a good easy recipe. Flapjacks are my go to bake when my kids ask if they can do something in the kitchen. So easy and all sorts can be added to give them extra bite x

  • beautyqueenuk
    beautyqueenuk 23 January 2016 at 13:52

    I love the smell of flapjack cooking, it is absolutely divine. My Shortbread never turn out right when I make them, so ive given up x

  • Lisa B
    Lisa B 25 January 2016 at 23:25

    I love a spot of baking and my partner loves flapjacks, we'll have to give these a try! xx

  • Unknown
    Unknown 21 February 2016 at 00:06

    Ah those biscuits are cute! They're on my list to make with the girls. They'll love them :)

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