This recipe is from a book called 'The Mixing Bowl' and a lady called Mary Healy used to make them for her children and grandchildren. The book was published a few years ago and it's a wonderful collection of recipes from residents or clients connected to Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services.
Each recipe has a little back story, a little bit of history, which adds to the enjoyment when flicking through the book with a cuppa. The proceeds of the book go to the Hospice, which is such a wonderful organisation, that treats people who are sick, with such compassion and empathy.
I made these cookies last week with my 6 year old daughter. They are super easy to make and really tasty. The cookies are actually made in a swiss roll tin and then cut into squares, which is a nice change from doing individual cookies. Mary's recipe didn't mention anything about covering the biscuits in chocolate, I am a big chocolate fan so did that bit myself....
Our Lady's Hospice gave me permission to blog Mary's recipe and I have a feeling that her recipe will be made in a fair few homes very soon.
175 g oatmeal (porridge oats)
175 g plain flour
175 g margarine (I used butter)
50 g caster sugar
1 and 1/2 tbsp golden syrup
3/4 tbsp bread soda
Preheat oven to 160°C.
Mix the oatmeal, flour and sugar in a large bowl.
Melt the margarine (or butter) and the golden syrup slowly together and add to the dry ingredients. mix well.
Press the mixture into a swiss roll tie (approx 35 x 25 cm) and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Mark and cut into squares while hot and still in tin. Leave in tin to cool before removing.
Some @thecakemum observations/tips:
I melted the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over a low heat.
I placed a rectangle of baking paper on the base of the tin and greased the sides so that it was easy to get out.
To press the mixture into the tin, my daughter used a potato masher and seemed to enjoy bashing them a lot. It did help to get a nice flat cookie, though I had to take the masher off her before she squished them too much ;-)
I thought the cookies tasted like HobNobs, so felt the need to drizzle them with 50g of melted milk chocolate. This is not in the original recipe and entirely unnecessary. Nice though.....