Honey Oat Biscuits
These honey oat biscuits are sweet and buttery with a perfect balance of crispy crunch and soft chewiness. They are very quick and easy to make and a delicious snack to have with a cup of tea or coffee.
We have to say that these biscuits are best eaten fresh on the day of baking, if you try and store them for longer they tend to lose some of their crispness and aren't quite as nice. For that reason we've created this recipe to make a small batch of 12 medium sized biscuits. If that's still too many then simply halve the ingredients to make 6 biscuits to eat yourself or share with a friend!
Time to make and bake: approximately 20-30 minutes.
To make 12 delicious honey oat biscuits you will need:
2 tbsp Just Bee Original Vitamin Honey
125g Unsalted Butter
50g Soft Light Brown Sugar
100g Porridge Oats
100g Self Raising flour
A medium sized mixing bowl
A large baking sheet/tray
1. Let's get baking!
Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4 or 180c (160c for a fan assisted oven) and prepare the tray or baking sheet with your preferred method. Baking parchment works great, so does a good non-stick surfaced tray or a sheet lightly greased with a small amount of butter.
2. Blend the butter, sugar and honey.
Cut the butter into chunks and add to the mixing bowl along with the sugar and mix with a fork or spoon until smooth, creamy and blended together. Then add the honey and stir through until combined.
(Top Tip) Room temperature butter will make the blending a lot easier, so take it out of the fridge a little beforehand.
3. Add the dry ingredients.
Add the oats and flour to the bowl then mix with your fork, spoon or spatula until all ingredients are well mixed and there's no dry looking patches of flour or oats!
4. Shaping the biscuits.
Give your hands a good clean and dry them thoroughly!
Using your hands, roll a small amount of the mixture between your palms to form a ball around 4cm in diameter. While the mixture might appear to be sticky you'll find that the butter in the mixture will actually grease your hands and stop the mixture sticking to them.
Next take the ball and place it on your prepared tray and gently flatten it down with your fingers or palm to make a round biscuit shape approximately 7cm in diameter.
(Top Tip) Allow a gap of at least 2cm around each biscuit to allow for the mixture to spread as the finished biscuits will be approx 9cm in diameter.
Repeat this method until all the mixture is used or the tray is full. If you only have a small tray you can either cook the biscuits in two batches or use 2 trays if you have another.
5. Pop them in the oven!
Place the tray (or trays) in the centre of the oven, and bake for 12 minutes. After 6 minutes turn the tray around; if you are using two trays swap the one above with the one below. This will ensure you get the most even bake across all the biscuits.
After baking the cookies will still be very soft when they first come out of the oven, so put the tray aside for 5 to 10 minutes before trying to handle them. The biscuits will harden and crisp up as they cool so don't be concerned. Once the tray and biscuits have cooled enough transfer them to a cooling rack to fully cool.
(Top Tip) A thin metal fish slice works brilliantly for transferring them without breaking. If you are having trouble just leave them to cool a little longer.
Some recommended variations of this recipe.
Even if you enjoy this biscuit recipe as much as we do, you still might want to change it up a little for some variety.
Add some spice!
Cinnamon Honey Oat Biscuits: Simply add ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon along with the flour and oats.
Ginger Honey Oat Biscuits: Simply add ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger along with the flour and oats.
Use an alternative honey.
You can choose to use our Just Bee Lemon & Ginger Honey or Valencia Orange Honey as an alternative to Original Just Bee Honey. Both work fantastic and add a really nice subtle background flavour to the biscuits. If you add spice too the flavours will get over-powered though, so these honeys are best used with the basic recipe.
We hope you enjoy these biscuits as much as we do, once you are familiar with the recipe and method they can be made quickly whenever you fancy some and they really do beat anything you might find at the supermarket. We also think they are nicer than those large 'American style' cookies that are always too soft and under-baked for our tastes!