Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe comes from Queen of baking Mary Berry. It's her version of the old McVities Abbey Crunch biscuits (now no longer in production). My children love these!


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180°C.
  2. Grease 2 large baking sheets.
  3. Put flour, oats, sugar, bicarb and baking powder in a bowl.
  4. Put the butter and syrup into a pan over a low heat, stirring until the butter combines with the syrup. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir until well combined, using your hands to keep the dough together.
  5. Turn the mixture out of the bowl and divide into 28. Shape it into balls about 2 cm thick.
  6. Arrange on the baking sheets, but not too close as they spread! Press the tops to flatten a little.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and firm.
  8. N.B. They also freeze very well.


Most Helpful

These cookies got 5 fingers up here. This just couldn't be any easier. I don't keep golden syrup so I used maple syrup and added a 1/2 tsp of maple extract to back it up a bit. I took them out at exactly 10 mins and they were a lovely soft share of beginning tan and still ever so slightly on the chewy side. If you have kids grabbing for the cookie jar these wouldn't suffer from reducing the sugar by a third although dh loves them as they are :D. Thanks Noo!

Annacia October 28, 2009

Mmmm, these cookies are great! They have such a lovely flavour of oats and syrup! The texture is also really nice as they are so crispy and crunchy. I reduced the sugar to 40 g as I thought the syrup would add enough sweetness already and that way they werent too sweet for my liking. I didnt have any self-raising flour, but I just used plain instead, cause of the extra soda and baking powder you had listed. I felt that anymore would compromise the taste... Somehow my cookies didnt really spread that much and stayed in their bally shape, but I dont mind at all. :) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this lovely recipe with us, Noo! Ill certainly make it again come holiday season. Made and reviewed for 1-2-3-Hit-Wonders September 09.

Lalaloula September 06, 2009

Great cookies, not like most of the one made here in the US, as these are crispy, but I like a crisp cookie!!! I made as written other than adding in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon!! Thanks Noo for a great oat cookie recipe!! Made for your win in the Summer Spectacular Event.

diner524 July 16, 2009

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