Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is the best oatcake recipe. It has the perfect balance between salt and sweet. This recipe comes from the Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia. It is a traditional treat as we have a strong Scottish culture in this province.


  1. Stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Rub in shortening with fingertips until crumbly.
  3. mix in water with a fork until a ball forms, divide in half.
  4. On a floured surface roll out to 1/2" to 1/4" thickness.
  5. Traditionally they are cut into 2 1/2 inch squares, then triangles but some people like circles. your choice.
  6. bake on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Cheers!
Most Helpful

These are fantastic! I used one cup of whole wheat flour and one of all-purpose (instead of two of all-purpose), otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Quite easy to make, if a bit messy, although my daughter liked that bit. As the description states-- "the perfect balance between salt and sweet." Not too sweet, but just enough. Puffs up to look something like a cake-y oatmeal cookie (without the raisins), and smells wonderful baking. I had a bit of trouble telling if they were "golden brown" since the dough is a bit brown in the first place! A couple of the cakes crumbled up on me, so maybe these were undercooked or poorly mixed.
I loved how it didn't take too many dishes to make, and I was able to cook the whole batch on one cookie sheet. I'll be making this one again!

lareine27 August 30, 2010

This recipe is great! I used 2 cups spelt flour and one of oatmeal. The oatcakes are amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Carole H. April 18, 2014

Last night, I made these oatcakes for my son and I who enjoy oatcakes in coffee shops. I made them with 1 cup white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, and increased the water to 1 cup. We also used quick oats. It made a sticky dough that could be re-rolled again on a well floured board. The cakes turned out even better than the ones we buy in the shops. I also melted chocolate chips with a little shortening and drizzled it on the cakes, just like in the shops. Like them, you could also dip half of each cake in the chocolate.

Rexanna K. January 23, 2014