Oreo Mint Crunch Brownies

I think it’s been a while since we’ve had a round of ‘everybody laugh at how weird/silly Izy is’, and of course, those moments never stop happening. Should we have a story? Yeah it’s story time (although, this is a pretty short one).

So one night, I was just about to go to bed, and I wanted a nice warm drink. I boiled the kettle while considering my options: Tea, green tea, Jasmine Tea (which btw, I find pretty much like drinking rainbows and smiles – it’s a beautiful experience, you should try it). I decided I would go down the ‘hot juice’ route; it sounds really weird, but apple and blackcurrant squash + hot water is amaze.


(Yes. Yes, I am Sixteen. But sometimes, a girl needs some nostalgic artificial fruit flavourings, okay..)

Kettle boiled, perfect ratio of squash to water mixed, mug picked up.

Sip taken.

…(I’ll just emphasise that). SIP TAKEN.

…still don’t get me? a mouthful of BOILING HOT fruity-water taken.

Then a freaking reflex reaction which led to me spilling said boiling beverage onto my mug-holding hand. Oh no, oh no no no no no.


Needless to say, I burnt my whole mouth. Not fun when you’re an obvious foodie – a large amount of this love of food stemming from being able to taste things.

aaaand that was pretty unrelated to these brownies apart from the fact that even if you didn’t have tastebuds, they are so delicious that you would crave them, just by looking at them.

They’re fantasico and you should make them because, as the friend I made them for said,

“The world needs to know about these brownies Izy. The world needs to know.”

Enough said.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Ermahgerd guys, do you notice anything different about Top With Cinnamon?

If you’re reading this in some kind of subscription service / e-mail, or you’re visiting for the first time, then you may not have noticed that Top With Cinnamon HAS A BRAND NEW LAYOUT AND LOGO!

Wow, okay, so, I’m pretty excited by this, it’s taken me months of fixing scanners, pressing ctrl + j in photoshop and extreme mind-meltdown coding sitches to get this up and running. This is stressful business when you’re building it alone from nearly scratch folks.

I’m not some mega fancy person, so there’s no ‘shopping baskets’ or ‘recipe box’ options here, just basically like my old site but with cute hand-crafted icons for each linky thingy, AND A CINNAMON BARK SEARCH BAR (one of my fave things about my new layout, just fyi)

You also may see that it’s not a sub-domain anymore (i.e. ‘.blogspot.com), it’s just www.topwithcinnamon.com, quicker to type and easier to say, hooray!!

I’ve tried to make the transfer from my old url to my new url as seamless as poss, but there may be a few glitches here and there which I’m trying to sort out so just ‘bear with’ for a while.

I’ve redirected the feedburner url too, so if you subscribed via feedburner for RSS or e-mail, you shouldn’t have to re-subscribe :)

bittersweet chocolate chip cookies with sea salt

Anywho, the real reason you’re probably here is for the cookies right?

These cookies were inspired by the Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookie with Grey Salt I had at Delancey this summer (it was INCREDIBLE).

This recipe makes by far the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever baked; crisp, chewy edges with a soft gooey centre, and the flavours are like no other chocolate chip cookie I’ve tasted before – they’re 10x better!

I was always like “yeah, chocolate chip cookies, they’re good, but I’d probably rather have an oatmeal raisin cookie to be honest”, but these have changed me (and maybe my dress size too a little…).

I can actually say that I love these chocolate chip cookies probably as much as cinnamon… ohohoho did I just go there? Yes, I went to there.

bittersweet chocolate chip cookies with sea salt

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Wholegrain Apple Ginger Breakfast Cakes

Can we just celebrate please? Like tomorrow morning? Food is essential.

For a birthday, for these spicy, buttery cakes; for the all A*s, for the feeling you get when drinking a tea and watching Howl’s Moving Castle as the rain splashes the windows and thunder cackles in the distance.

Recruit people – Dad: Grow the apples; Izy: Cut up the apples – okay, I’m too freaked out by the prospect of bugs being all crawly inside them…Mum: Cut up the apples…please.

Eat a cake. Sit down and eat that cake for breakfast! You will need: Cakes, coffee, a chair, this song. Do it.

I may have actually eaten mine for lunch – whatever, just means I got double breakfast today. Awesome.

Don’t worry, the cakes are basically a health food right? Whole grains, fruit, vitamins, butter – all essential for a balanced diet. Hey hey, I’m a profesh – don’t question it, 10 A*s has to count for something.

Resist eating more cake, there are only 7 of them – photos need to be taken.

Drink coffee from a mason jar you awesome person, you.

Bake cookies, bake more cake. Maybe eat a salad now, yeah?…

p.s. in case you didn’t notice my extremely subtle (as per ushe) hint dropping, I got my GCSE results on Thursday – All 10 of ’em A*s. I’m not sure if this is sounding extremely boast-y, because I just ate a cake for lunch so I’m on an extra-happy high (I’m sure I’ll come back down later and regret this…meh, something for my brain to taunt me about later)

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