Wednesday 22 May 2013

Oat and Sultana Cookies

Oat and Sultana Cookies but you use raisins, cherries or apricots.
These cookies used to be staples of the holiday baking sweet treats that I used to take away with us. The 'us' in those days used to be me, my Brother and my Dad. A couple of years later we were joined by my Husband and then a big gap before the kids arrived. I'm not sure why they went out of favour. I can only think that they got shunted out by lemon drizzle cakes and Bara Brith.

My Daughter isn't a fan of dried fruit so may be that's why I haven't made them in a while. When I say a while it has to at least 2½ years as my Son has never tried them and he loves dried fruit. Therefore when this month's Tea Time Treats, hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked, announced its theme as biscuits and cookies I knew it was time to make them again.


The reason I like these cookies is not only do they taste great, obviously, but also because once you have mixed everything together you put spoonfuls of the mixture onto trays and just cook. No chilling, no rolling up to be sliced and no rolling and cutting out. I also usually burn biscuits but these are thick enough to stop such disappointments and frustrations.

I use sultanas because they are the only dried fruit in a single form I keep in the larder in at all times. If you want to substitute them for raisins, cherries or apricots then go ahead.

Makes 24

Equipment: 2 baking trays either non-stick or greased/lined to stop the cookies from sticking.


80g Butter, softened
75g Demerara sugar
65g Granulated sugar
1 Large egg
½ tsp (2.5ml) Vanilla extract
50g Porridge oats
85g Plain flour
¼ tsp (1.25ml) Baking powder
¼ tsp (1.25ml) Bicarbonate of soda
130g Sultanas


1. Prepare the baking trays by greasing/lining them if necessary.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/Gas mark 5.
3. Cream the butter with the two sugars. This may take longer than usual as they are both quite coarsely grained sugars.
4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat in.
5. In a separate bowl mix together the oats, flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
6. Add the creamed mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
7. Stir in the sultanas.
8. Spoon a little of the mixture onto the baking trays. These spread when cooking so leave a gap in between each one.

9. Bake for around 12-15 minutes. I turn the tray round halfway through. The cookies should be golden but not quite hard.
10. Leave them on the trays for about 5 minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool and harden.


  1. I love oat and sultana cookies, these look fab :D

    1. They are so easy to make and all ingredients I have in my cupboards at all times. They didn't last long!

  2. I was hoping that someone would make some of these as I LOVE them, and you did! THANKS so much! Karen

    1. It was nice to revive an old recipe! My son was rather partial to them and the whole batch only lasted two days.


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