I have been making these for years. They are our go to “treat box biscuit” and the boys have many memories of picnic snacks and packed lunch nibbles.
I’d like to claim that the recipe is mine – but its not .. in fact most of the recipes I post here on the blog are ones that have been shared and refined by friends all around the world. I guess that is why we have developed the reputation for “never fail” recipes over the years as these are actual recipes cooked by mums in their own home kitchens all around the world.
These originated on the MSE website on a forum and were posted by a user called “Twinks” so we pretty much always refer to them as “Twik’s HobNobs” or even just “Twinks”.
How wonderful to be immortalised all over the internet for a recipe and to be remembered fondly after all these years.
So if you fancy a frugal biscuit that certainly doesn’t taste like it .. then for this afternoons treat why not give these a go?
- 225 g SR Flour
- 225 g rolled oats
- 100 g sugar
- 225 g margarine
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tbsp boiling water
- 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pop all the dry ingredients (except the bicarbonate of soda) to your mixing bowl.
Measure out your margarine and golden syrup into a small pot.
Melt over a very low heat unti everything is just liquid
Tip the melted margarine into the dry ingredients and sprinkle on the bicarbonate of soda and the tablespoon of boiling water.
Mix quickly and it will create a slightly slumpy and crumbly mass.
This is my trick for perfect portions of biscuits. Take a tablespoon and sit it in a cup of boiling water.
When its warm you are able to smoothly scoop out a one tablespoon portion of the biscuit mix.
And dollop it on your baking sheet – mine is on a piece of silicon parchment which is perfect.
Now to get the perfect matching shaped biscuits .. take a cutter (this one is 7 cm diameter.
Pop it over your mounds of mixture and press the mix out to fill the ring.
Leaving you a perfectly formed biscuit ….
…… or thirty eight!!
Pop into an oven heated to 170 for 13 – 15 minutes until golden brown and smelling so gorgeous that even you big kid gets out of his bed and visits you in the kitchen. …. or you suddenly have to dash to the road end cos you have remembered its bin day and you can hear the bin lorry in the distance ( so much for being the organised one -Eh?)
They may not look “perfect” as the ones in the packet .. but when you are dunking one in a cup of tea later you will thank me I promise you.
Erm! Just noticed that there is one missing on the sheet!
When they come out of the oven I wait a couple of minutes until they are cool enough to handle then gently turn them over so that the bases can steam off and the whole biscuit becomes wonderfully crisp.
The they go into a tin for dipping into over the next few days.
I have noticed that now that both my boys are home and we are sitting down together at lunch and dinner that they have been snacking MUCH less than I expected.
I guess the wee one is getting time to eat lunch rather than grazing a packed lunch and running off to play with his pals in the playground. So he is not nearly so hungry come “home time” .. BUT .. what kind of Mum would I be if I didn’t make sure that there were occasional treats hanging around?
So ….. how to end this early morning baking session? I know!
BOOKMARK THIS POST .. seriously .. cos if you make these once you will make them loads of times and you want to be able to find the post easily again LOL
Seriously though – if you love these .. why not share the recipe with someone else who could be done with a cheap and easy treat in their lives right now? We maybe can’t run a packet of biscuits over to someone who needs a pick-me-up right now – but we can share a recipe or two can’t we?