Oat Shortbread Biscuits

    35 minutes

    A very Scottish recipe, these oat shortbread biscuits are delicious if not particularly low in fat! Perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 3 cups (470g) rolled oats
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1 cup (155g) packed brown sugar
    • 250g butter
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon water

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
    2. Dissolve the bicarb soda in the water.
    3. Combine the oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the bicarb soda mixture and form dough into a ball. Either roll dough out to 5mm thick and cut with biscuit cutters or press dough into the bottom of one 20x30cm baking dish and cut into bars later.
    4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

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    I have a similar recipe passed down in my family as well. Ours has only 2 cups of oatmeal. TIP: I find that oat bran works the best. (The original family recipe used scottish oatmeal and is very coarse) Also decrease the sugar to 3/4 of a cup. Increase the water to 1/3 cup. I think you will find the dough easier to work with. Really a wonderful cookie!  -  28 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was looking for a cookie recipe that would be similar to a "hobnob". This recipe, while less crunchy, was great. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, which I believe is very important to the sweetness of any cookie. I used splenda brown sugar, and only used 1/2 cup. I really like oats, and to be able to chew on them, so I used whole oats, but crushed them a bit with my hands before using them so I wouldn't so much like a barnyard animal while eating the cookie! After I incorporated all the ingredients, I made the dough into balls, then pushed them down with the bottom of a glass. I then sprinkled the dough with coarse sugar. After baking for the full 15 minutes, they turned out wonderful!  -  21 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good recipe. I did add an egg to mine because I do like a nice chewy cookie, and 1 tsp vanilla. I love vanilla in my oatmeal cookies, and they were great, co-workers at work absolutely loved them.  -  23 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)