Colonial Cravings

A Cornish girls food adventures...



Brandy butter biscuits

I don’t know about your neck of the woods but near me, as soon as Christmas is done and dusted, all the supermarkets reduce the price of their festive goodies, usually to make space for Easter treats. This includes brandy… Continue Reading →

Chai caramel shortbread

I love caramel shortbread (you might have guessed as it was one of the first recipes I posted on here) but it can sometimes be a bit tooth-achingly sweet. Using dark chocolate spiked with chili, fragrant spices in the buttery… Continue Reading →

Blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Mr Colonial Cravings and myself have been back in our little Gloucestershire terraced house for just over a month now. We’re more or less unpacked and the bulk of the re-decorating is done with but we’ve been a little bit… Continue Reading →

Triple chocolate chunk shortbread

Seriously though! What could possibly be better than a rich buttery slab of shortbread studded with three (yep three) different kinds of chocolate? You would seriously have to question anyone who would turn that down! I love this shortbread dough,… Continue Reading →

Lavender, cardamom & almond shortbread

These buttery melting shortbread biscuits have a very fragrant combination of flavours. It’s delicately floral but without being too perfumy though (there’s no Yardleys soap here!) I think these are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of Earl Grey tea… Continue Reading →

Cappuccino meringue kisses

You know what I’m like for ending up with egg whites sitting in tiny pots in my fridge and freezer. I always embark on something egg-yolk based thinking that I’ll find some way of using the whites but then nine… Continue Reading →

Basic butter biscuits

A simple cut-out biscuit recipe is a really useful thing to master. This one is just plain (but scrumptiously buttery) although you can flavour the dough with citrus, spices, tea, herbs… all manner of things really. A recipe that doesn’t… Continue Reading →

Triple ginger biscuits

I’ve adapted these from my recipe for Cornish fairings because to my mind, a fairing is the finest spicy biscuit you can eat and you know, if ain’t broke and all that… I actually made these to use in the… Continue Reading →

Honey orange whole wheat shortbread

I think of these as a kind of luxury digestive. They’re more robust than classic shortbread but far more buttery and slightly more tender than a standard digestive biccy. They’re still good dunked in a cuppa though, which is pretty… Continue Reading →


Try saying that five times fast! Shortbread petticoat tails always make me think of Christmas. Someone always gets one of those tartan boxes filled with them, hopefully the ones coated in dark chocolate. Yum! These have a little spicy twist… Continue Reading →

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