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About this recipe: Yummy home-made hobnobish biccies - I thought I'd share incase anyone else is struggling to make these from scratch! P.S. I use the cheapest own brand ingredients everytime and they come out a treat, no need to buy fancy (this is my first recipe upload so excuse any errors in layout, etc, etc)

zivatony Cumbria, England, UK

Makes: 30 biscuits

  • 8oz/230g Butter (unsalted or salted – whatever is cheaper!)
  • 1 tablespoon Hot water
  • 1 tablespoon Golden syrup
  • 8oz/230g Self-raising flour
  • 8oz/230g Granulated sugar
  • 8oz/230g Porridge oats (don’t buy fancy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarb of soda

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees celcius/325 degrees fahrenheit/gas mark 3. Whack your block of butter, the tablespoon of hot water and the tablespoon of golden syrup in a small microwaveable plastic bowl on high for one minute in the microwave (my microwave is 700watts and it works best like this for me).
  2. When the minute's up take out and stir the ingredients until it looks like all the clumps of butter are kind of dissolved.
  3. In another, larger, plastic bowl pour all the dry ingredients into it (self raising flour, sugar, porridge oats and bicarb of soda) and stir with a wooden spoon til it looks like everything is pretty evenly mixed.
  4. Right - now pour the gloopy butter mixture you made on top of this pile of dry ingredients and stir until all mixed in and nicely coated with the buttery goo.
  5. Then I roll them into balls the size of a golf ball, pop them onto greaseproof paper (I know I'm super lazy but really saves on the time it takes to do the washing up!) Flatten them and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes at 170 degrees celcius/325 degrees fahrenheit/gas mark 3.
  6. The cookies should look golden all oven and darker round the edges, cool them on their baking trays and then lift and store directly in tin lined with greaseproof paper on the bottom.

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I'm totally new to baking so would really appreciate it if a few of you could take the time to feedback on the recipe and let me know how it can be tweaked etc as I haven't quite got the confidence to mess about with recipes on my own just yet! Thanks xxxx

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Reviews (15)


Superb and simple. Do the whole thing in one bowl- just add dry to wet. Substitute treacle for golden syrup and add a teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice to create a more adult or Christmassy biscuit. Using half quantities still makes 24 biscuits in my experience. - 19 Dec 2011


Made it healthier. I replaced half the butter with apple sauce and half the flour with wholemeal flour. I substituted the sugar with 2/3 of the same VOLUME of powdered sweetener, which worked out at about 20g. Lower in fat and sugar and still came out crispy, oaty and delicious! Will definitely be making this one again. - 17 Apr 2010


Really yummy and economical. Loved by all the family. Thanks for a can't go wrong recipe. - 22 Jun 2013

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