It’s International Cat Day! That means – even if you’re a dog person – today is dedicated to adorable fluffy felines all over the world. We’re celebrating by wearing our matching cat-ear hairbands that we bought for Halloween last year (because, why not), watching cat videos on YouTube and eating these puuurrr-fect kawaii kitty cookies. We reckon you should be copycats and do the same…

Ingredients (makes 20-24)

For the cookies:

• 200g soft salted butter
• 200g golden caster (superfine) sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
• 400g plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting

For the decorations:

• soft-peak royal icing in your chosen colours, in piping bags fitted with round piping nozzles, for outline
• runny royal icing, in the same shades as the soft-peak icing in piping bags, for flooding
• black edible food pens (fine-tip), for face details
• pink edible dusting powder, for cheeks

Recipe

For the cookies:

1. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl, add the vanilla and beat before mixing in the egg with a wooden spoon.

2. Tip in the flour and continue to mix until a dough is formed.

3. Roll it out onto a floury surface then cut with cat cookie cutters.

4. Place in the oven and bake for around 10–12 minutes then cool.

For the decorations:

1. Pipe soft-peak royal icing around the edges of the cookie shapes in your different colours.

2. Flood the centre of the kitty face in a runny royal icing in matching colours. You can make them two or three-tone – just have fun! Leave to dry for a few hours or ideally overnight.

3. Using the black edible pen add the nose and mouth, then some tiny whiskers to make them look puuurrr-fect.

4. Add dots of runny white royal icing to create the shimmer on the eyes. Use pink dusting powder to add sweet cheeks. You can add a little runny pink royal icing for the insides of the ears, too.

5. Keep them as pets or just gobble them all up!

From Kawaii Cakes by Juliet Sear (Hardie Grant, £10) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Me: “Mum, what’s for pudding?” Mum: “Have some fruit.” Eugh. Is that not the most offensive thing your mum can say to you after Sunday dinner? Pretty much. Well, don’t stress, because we’ve got a trump card up our sleeves and yes, you are free to use it too.

The next time you hear those dreaded words, whip out your phone and put this delish cinnamon-baked apple recipe in front of her face. Not only does it count towards one of your five-a-day so your ‘rents will be happy, but it actually tastes like a proper, delicious, sugary pudding, too. You’re welcome.

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the banana bread nice cream:

• 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
• 60g cashews, soaked for 4–6 hours, then drained
• 1⁄2 tbsp coconut sugar
• 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
• a pinch of salt
• 60g cacao butter
• 60g chopped roasted walnuts

For the baked apples:

• 4 green apples
• 4 tbsp coconut sugar
• 4 tbsp maple syrup
• 4 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Recipe

1. To make the nice cream, blitz the bananas and cashews in a food processor or blender until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and cacao butter, then blend again.

3. Spoon the mixture into a freezer-proof container and stir through the chopped walnuts. Freeze for 2–3 hours to firm up (take out the freezer 10 mins before serving).

4. To make the baked apples, preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F/Gas 3). Scoop out the core from the top of the apples, leaving a hole (don’t cut all the way through).

5. Stuff each apple with 1 tablespoon coconut sugar and maple syrup.

6. Place a small piece of butter or coconut oil on top, then place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon.

7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until they’re lovely and soft then serve with a dollop of ice cream!

From Guilt-Free Nice Cream by Margie Broadhead (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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We know the rule: you should always eat a hearty breakfast to kick-start your day. But unless you really love cooking or find yourself in a fancy hotel with a magical toaster that provides unlimited avo toast (dreamy), it’s hard to muster up the energy to make something really delicious. Especially on a lazy Sunday.

*Food klaxon* This is why we love overnight oats. Not only do they take five minutes to make as you prep them the night before, but this tasty, oaty recipe actually comes complete with a decadent dollop of ice cream. Wait, WHAT? Yes, you heard us right. We are shaking up the brunch world once again with something naughty, because incase you hadn’t heard… oats + ice cream = breakfast of champions.

Just don’t tell your ‘rents we keep doing this or you’ll be on diet of dry muesli before you can say ‘sultana’.

Ingredients

For the overnight oats (enough for 4 mornings):

150 g rolled oats
420 ml almond milk
60 ml apple juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon ‘nice cream’:

2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medjool date
a pinch of salt

Recipe

1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then leave to soak overnight in the fridge.

2. The next day, if the mix looks a little dry add more almond milk. Then scoop into a small jar or bowl.

3. Now for the cinnamon nice cream! Just pop the bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon, date and salt in a food processor and blend until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds.

4. Whizz until the mix becomes completely smooth, like a Mr. Whippy.

5. Scoop the nice cream on top of the oats and add a tasty toppings (we love caramelised bananas, crumbled nuts and coconut flakes).

From Guilt-Free Nice Cream by Margie Broadhead (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Sponsored by Candy Kittens

Taking inspo from the sour blueberry Candy Kittens sweets in this month’s bettybox, we bring you blueberry eton mess. It’s sweet, simple and only needs one bowl, so you won’t even have much to wash up (which is all we really care about when cooking, isn’t it?)

For two bowls full, you’ll need:

200ml double cream
6 ready-made meringue nests
A punnet of blueberries
1 and a half tablespoons of caster sugar
As many Candy Kitten sweets as your heart desires
A whisk

1. Pop two handfuls of blueberries and 3 tablespoons of water in the microwave for 90 seconds, with half a tablespoon of sugar. This should make them soft and mushy, so get squishing with a fork. Be careful with the hot bowl!

2. Add the double cream and a tablespoon of caster sugar and whisk away. After some strong wrist action, the purple mixture will get thicker.

3. Get squishing again, but this time with your hands. Crush the meringue nests and add to the bowl. Mix in lightly with a spoon, but careful not to crumble the meringue into really small bits.

4. Sprinkle as many blueberries as you want on the top. Go cray.

5. Do the same with your Candy Kittens. All done. See, as easy as 1, 2, 3 (4, 5)!

Cold shoulder?

You can pop it in the fridge for 30 mins to make it a bit more mousse-like if that’s your pudding thang, but you don’t have to; your call, my friend.

Get sweet with Candy Kittens, which you can buy in store (find your closest stockist here), or online.

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