Recipes: Cookies with a Twist

When it comes to feel-good food, nothing beats warm, freshly-baked homemade cookies. You might be familiar with the classic varieties, such as chocolate chips and peanut butter – but today, let’s try other, unique flavours! Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Source: 12 Tomatoes

It’s like lemon cheesecake, but in cookie form. Check out the recipe here.


Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Source: Sweet Little Kitchen

These lavender cookies are not only tasty, but also fragrant and elegant – perfect as a gift. See the recipe here.


Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Source: Sweet Spicy Kitchen

Other than chocolate chips, you can also add nuts, sprinkles, or pieces of candy bars – your imagination is the limit. Check out the recipe here.


Orange-Infused Sweet Ricotta Peach Cookies

Source: Mitzy at Home

Are these too pretty to eat? Probably. Read up on the recipe here.


Mint Chip Sugar Cookies

Source: Little Dairy on the Prairie

The soft, fluffy texture meets the refreshing, tangy taste of mint. Find out how to make them here.


White Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Source: The BakerMama

The oatmeal gives a chewy texture and keeps you full, while the white chocolate and blueberry melt together to give a sweet, juicy flavour. Find the recipe here.

Recipes: Most Indulgent Pastries

Pastries: great breakfast food, wonderful companion to coffee, a snack to unstuck you from afternoon rut. Not only are pastries versatile, but there are also a range of types to choose from, varying in texture and taste. Here are eight pastry recipes that you can try at home:

  1. Croissant
Source: Ambrosia Baking

Plain or filled with chocolate, the choice is yours.


  1. Cinnamon Roll
Source: My Name is Snicker Doodle

With spices and sweet frosting, nothing could go wrong with this pastry.


  1. Cronut
Source: Deliciously Yum

For the unacquainted, cronut is the lovechild of donut and croissant – the ring shape with the buttery, layered texture. It’s perfect to dig in!


  1. Puff Pastry Cannoli Cone
Source: Campbell’s

Nothing better complements your tea time than cannoli cones a.k.a cream horns.


  1. Cream Puffs
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Eat as is, or mix it up with chocolate sauce and strawberries.


  1. Sausage Roll
Source: RecipeTin Eats

These hand-sized delights are great for parties and picnics.


  1. Apple Struddle
Source: All4Recipes / All4Women

A classic choice. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the most indulgent dish.


  1. Tart
Source: Sarah L. Bolla / The Daily Meal

Sweet, small and easily customisable.

Best Donuts in Sydney

In the recent years, there seemed to be a donut awakening in Sydney – more and more specialised donut vendors opened their business through online and physical shops. But which ones are truly worth trying? Here are the best donut shops in Sydney:


Woah Nelly

Source: @woahnellybakes / Instagram

Janell Smith’s donuts are not to miss – from the Homer Simpson style pink icing to maple bacon donuts, you will want to try every variant. You can order online or find the donuts at a number of cafes across the town, like Mecca in Ultimo, Sifters Espresso in Wollongong, Pablo & Rusty’s in Lane Cove and more.


Grumpy Donuts

72 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown

Source: Grumpy Donuts / Instagram

Grumpy is the opposite of your feeling after tasting their donuts. Other than the classic Vanilla Bean Glaze, Maple, and Cinnamon donuts, you can also try their range of flavors such as Blueberry White Choc Fritter, Peanut Butter Bing, Raspberry Lime and more. You can either come to the shop or order online from Wednesday to Friday.


Brewtown Newtown

6-8 O’Connell Street, Newtown

Source: @brewtownnewtown / Instagram

Granted, Brewtown is not about donuts – more like, cronuts – but that does not mean you should skip this one. The cronuts come in various flavours, from the classic cinnamon to lamington and orange poppyseed. You can also order the Elvis burger with cronut buns and bacon – such a delight!


Dr Dough Donuts

28 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Source: @drdoughdonuts / Instagram

For a complete donut experience, try visiting one of Dr Dough Donuts joints. A great variety of donuts is available for your choosing – from Pop It Like It’s Hot (butter toffee popcorn-topped donuts) to Juniors NY Cheesecake (donuts filled with strawberry/blueberry cheesecake!). Pair your donut with a tall glass of tasty milkshake.


Milk Bar by Café Ish

1/105 Regent Street, Redfern

Source: @milkbar_cafeish / Instagram

An accomplished burger and shake spot, Milk Bar also offers great donuts – White Chocolate Green Tea, Adams Apple (white chocolate with toffee apple Tim Tams), and range of Custard flavours. You can patronise the small, cosy joint in Redfern or order online.

Recipes: 10 Most Refreshing Mocktails

A house gathering wouldn’t be complete without tasty, refreshing drinks, especially in this summer weather. And when it comes to drinks, nothing beats good mocktails – sweet, icy beverages that everyone can enjoy. If you need some inspirations, here are 10 non-alcoholic mocktail recipes that you can try out at home.

  1. Thai Basil Grapefruit and Chia Tonic by Seamus Mullen / Food & Wine
Source: Constantine Poulos / Food & Wine


  • 3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice with pulp
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 Thai basil sprig or 4-inch rosemary sprig


  1. Caramel Apple Pie Mocktail by Merry About Town
Source: Merry About Town


  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup caramel syrup
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 apples
  • Rosemary sprigs (around 6)
  • Golden brown sugar for rimming


  1. Coconut Lavender Lemonade by Eat Yourself Skinny
Source: Eat Yourself Skinny


  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • 3 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon, sliced (for garnish)



  1. Nice Pear by The Third Man
nice pear
Source: The Third Man / Town and Country Mag


  • 2 ounces pear juice
  • 1-ounce lemon juice
  • .75-ounce rosemary-infused simple syrup


  1. Drink Pink Mocktail by Jamie / Love Bakes Good Cakes
Source: Love Bakes Good Cakes


  • 1 can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 4 cups lemon-lime soft drink, chilled
  • Raspberries and/or pomegranate arils, for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh citrus wedges/slices, for garnish (optional)


  1. Blueberry Mojito by The Merry Thought
Source: The Merry Thought


  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • juice of 2 limes
  • club soda
  • crushed ice


  1. Pineapple Holiday Mocktail by Slap Dash Mom
Source: Slap Dash Mom


  • 5-ounce triple sec
  • 1-ounce grenadine
  • 2 ounces coconut lime sparkling soda
  • 3 ounces pineapple coconut juice
  • sprig of mint and a Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • ice


  1. Blue Shoe by Mixthatdrink
Source: Mixthatdrink


  • 3 ounces blue Hawaiian Punch (or similar)
  • 2 ounces white cranberry juice
  • 7-Up


  1. Mimosa by Watch What U Eat
Source: Watch What U Eat


  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (chilled)
  • 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider (chilled)


  1. Apple Pie Punch by Frugal Mom Eh
Source: Frugal Mom Eh


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 apple (diced)

What are you waiting for? Get your mixers out and try some!

Lune’s Croissants Now Available at Four Melbourne Cafes

Lune’s croissants, which are dubbed “the best in the world” by the New York Times, are coming to a number of Melbourne cafes.

Lune Croissanterie’s pastries will be available outside its Collingwood store for the first time, starting the week of February 6.

The participating cafes are Cumulus Inc., Higher Ground, The Kettle Black, and Top Paddock. These four places will sell a small number of Lune’s traditional croissants, twice-baked almond croissants, and lemon-curd cruffins.

Founder and director of Lune Croissanterie, Kate Reid said the wholesale supply to the four cafes would not increase Lune’s production rate significantly.

“We have purposely done this to ensure quality and consistency… as we have done with everything else with Lune,” Reid told Broadsheet. “We will grow slowly and sustainably.”

Lune Croissanterie | 119 Rose St, Fitzroy

Cumulus Inc. | 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Higher Ground | 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

The Kettle Black | 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne

Top Paddock | 658 Church St, Richmond

Recipes: Best Brownies

Talking about dessert is not complete without mentioning brownie – the most familiar and versatile one.

Here, I’ve curated six best brownie recipes, including both the classic version and its variations. Check it out!

  1. Chocolate Brownies
Source: Melanie Cooks

Chocolatey, gooey and fudgy – nothing beats the classic recipe.


  1. Butterscotch Blondies
Source: Tastes Better from Scratch

Like brownies, but blonde – get it? Serve the freshly cooked blondies with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and you’re good to go!


  1. Red Velvet Brownies
red velvet brownies
Source: Alyssa / The Recipe Critic

Topped with cream cheese frosting, this recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day.


  1. Smore’s Brownies
smores brownies
Source: Unicorns in the Kitchen

For those with the ultimate sweet tooth, no need to look further than this Smore’s Brownies recipe. Get all the textures – crispy Graham’s crackers, fudgy brownies and soft marshmallows – in one bite!


  1. Raspberry Chocolate Brownies
Source: Gather for Bread

Get your sweet with a little sour; a little raspberry jam could indeed improve your brownie!


  1. Black Bean Sweet Potato Brownie Bars
black bean brownies
Source: Sarah / Kiwi and Bean

This vegan, gluten-free recipe is a great choice for those seeking to have guilt-free, healthier dessert.


These are my top six brownies recipes. Which one will you be cooking this week?

News: Australia’s First Vegan Ice Cream Truck is Coming to Sydney

Australia’s first dairy free ice cream truck is hitting Sydney streets soon.

The coconut milk ice cream brand Over The Moo is set to launch their 1981 Ford Transit ice cream van on Thursday, March 2 at their Glebe headquarters – and they’re bringing some free ice cream to celebrate!

The launch party event features Prosecco, beer, cocktails, and vegan cheese boards, followed by all-vegan sweets including sundaes with brownie bits, cookie chips, gooey sauces, and sprinkles. Over The Moo’s nine signature flavors, such as Matcha Made in Heaven, mmMangooo, Pandan Pecan Party and Ginger Ninja Karate Choc, will also be available on cones.

If you’re interested in getting a scoop, RSVP to

March 2, 6.30 pm | 62 Glebe Point Road, Glebe