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Homemade Hobnobs….

Becksie of A Year without Supermarkets fame, posted the link to this recipe on the A Year without Supermarkets facebook page, and I had been meaning to try it for ages.

Well, now I have.

And I may live to regret it.

Exactly how many hobnobs would you say were too many to eat in one day…??!

Apparently, January 12th was “International Homemade Hobnob Day”. How I missed this, I will never know. But I am making up for it now…

The recipe is from The Love of It, but a couple of people have since told me that it also on Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert site-and they are right! Here it is-called “Twink’s hobnobs”

Basically, I’m not sure whose recipe it is.

But here it is!

This is what you need:

  • 225g self raising flour
  • 225g sugar
  • 225g porridge oats
  • 225g margarine/butter
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tbsp hot water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease or line at least 2 baking sheets
  • In a pan, gently melt the butter, syrup and water
  • While it is melting, mix together the flour, oats and sugar in a largish bowl. Add any extra ingredients you fancy like raisins or choc chips. (I went with tradition and left ours plain and unadulterated)
  • When the butter mix has melted, stir in the bicarbonate of soda, and then add it to the dry mix
  • Mix well, and then make kind of walnut sized balls (I got 36 from this amount of mix-the original recipe says 35-50, so mine must have been on the large side, but they weren’t that large, if that makes sense?!)
You will have to take my word for it as I neglected to put anything in for you to compare the size with...these are large walnut (in it's shell) size!

You will have to take my word for it as I neglected to put anything in for you to compare the size with…these are large walnut (in it’s shell) size!

  • Bake in the oven-the original recipe says for 15mins, but I checked mine after 10 and they were done. They should be golden brown
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes before attempting to move them to a wire rack or they will crumble everywhere!
  • If you are feeling really crazy, you can make chocolate coated hobnobs, by coating them in chocolate…
  • Devour several in one sitting with a nice cup of tea!


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  • Reply Kiri August 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Just made these today after coming across this blog, very yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe.

    • Reply Jen August 22, 2014 at 7:08 am

      They are pretty delicious aren’t they?! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Reply Anne June 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    love it love it love it. Didn’t even wait for them to cool before munching them….

    • Reply Jen June 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Great-so glad you enjoyed!

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  • Reply kerry higginson April 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I finally got around to making a batch after my daughter started foraging in the cupboards and came up empty handed. The resounding response from all family teasters was …’Awesome!’ 🙂 Thank you for the idea xxx

    • Reply Jen April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

      No problem! They are delicious, and freeze well too, so I make a double batch

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  • Reply Grant March 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Just found this #HobNobs #downton video and thought it was pretty funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PImyDB8c7IA

    • Reply Jen March 8, 2013 at 5:45 am


  • Reply Bron March 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

    These look suspiciously like what we call ANZAC biscuits here in Australia. They were sent to the troops overseas because they apparently don’t go stale but ours never last long enough for me to confirm this. Loving your blog by the way

    • Reply Jen March 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Bron. They are very like Anzac biscuits, but without the dessciated coconut! I have made Anzac biscuits before-can’t decide which I like best-may have to make more to find out….!!

  • Reply Fiona (@bikelightsfiona) March 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Ooh these are great! Just made my second batch and cut the sugar by one third in a desperate attempt to avoid passing my very sweet tooth onto my kids – they’re still really good.

    • Reply Jen March 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Oooh, that’s good to know-thankyou! They are really quite addictive aren’t they..?!

  • Reply Antonia February 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Think you’ve started a hob nob revolution Jen! I added milk chocolate chips to my mix, baked half and froze the other half for a rainy day. My Big Small absolutely loves them!

    • Reply Jen February 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      They are kind of dangerous aren’t they? We are on our 2nd batch. Of 36…!

  • Reply Marcella February 24, 2013 at 3:22 am

    These look so yummy! One question, what is golden syrup? Is it like light corn syrup?

    • Reply Jen February 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Hi Marcella. I’ve just googled it, and although I think it’s not exactly the same thing, I think light corn syrup is the US equivalent! Let me know how you get on 🙂

  • Reply AngelJem February 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Too lovely. I made these today and my kids (don’t like Hobnobs, Mum) loved them. Yummy and too bad for words!

    • Reply Jen February 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      BigSmall claims not to like ‘oaty’ biscuits, but has been wolfing these down…! Glad you like 🙂

  • Reply sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Made them today! Yummy!

    • Reply Jen February 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Glad you enjoyed Sarah!

  • Reply Hayley February 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I made these last night after reading your email, they are delicious and I cant stop eating them. The children had them for breakfast and in their luchboxes…! Thanks x

    • Reply Jen February 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Hayley. They are quite addictive aren’t they?! I am going to have to make a second batch tomorrow-oops…!

  • Reply hmk71 February 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Mmmmm. I love hobnobs. And they always make me think of the Peter Kay sketch about biscuit dunking…

    I was in the hairdressers yesterday and March’s Good Housekeeping magazine has recipes for recreating ‘shop’ biscuits- bourbons, custard creams, iced rings, jammy dodgers…
    I’ve made Nigella’s custard creams before and hubby liked them (they’re one of his favourite biscuits) but I love homemade garibaldi biscuits! This looks similar to my recipe.


    • Reply Jen February 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

      I’ve done the custard creams too-they are pretty yummy aren’t they?! I will see if my mum has the March GH, and if she can save it for me. Sounds like some good one’s to try, and I will definitely check out the garibaldi ones-thankyou!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo February 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, this certainly looks like a winner, might even inspire me to start baking again, thanks for sharing. :o)

    • Reply Jen February 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      They are AMAZING!! And very easy 🙂 Give them a go and let me know what you think!

  • Reply Rachael Hodgetts February 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Legendary in my house, containing miscellaneous ingredients from my baking box. Dried apricots and cherry&coconut are my boys’ favourites. My man keeps telling me he likes the ones with chocolate chunks but those are just far too tasty for me to risk baking again!

    • Reply Jen February 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      OMG-need to try them with choc chips! BigSmall was quite keen on coating one half in melted chocolate and making chocolate hobnobs. Quite glad I resisted-have eaten waaay to many as it is….

  • Reply Robyn February 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    You are at the top of a slippery slope – these are extremely moreish!! (I speak from experience!)

    • Reply Jen February 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      You don’t have to tell me that! I made these last week, and stashed some in the freezer (they freeze very well btw) and have been known on occasion to eat the odd one (or two..) frozen….

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