Thursday, April 14, 2011

Priory Biscuits

{This isn't a new recipe - I moved it from 'First Storm of the Season'- however I make these cookies so much I decided they deserve a page of their own!}

This is mum's recipe for her delicious oat biscuits which are also called priory biscuits. I changed them slightly by using butter instead of margarine since I never use margarine. You can use whichever you prefer (or more conveniently, have in your fridge). The biscuits are finished with a small piece of glace cherry which I love – definitely retro but it adds the perfect finishing touch. Since my mum doesn't really like glace cherries she would only put a tiny little slice so in keeping with tradition I put 1/8 of a cherry on each biscuit (yes I know how ridiculous that sounds!!) - you do as you please. These are absolutely delicious eaten while still warm with a good cup of tea.

Makes approx. 16 - 20 biscuits (depending how big you make them!)

115g/ 4oz unsalted butter, softened
115g/ 4oz sugar
115g/ 4oz porridge oats
115g/ 4oz all-purpose flour (or self raising if in the UK)
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp golden syrup
1 tbsp water
Glace cherries to decorate

Preheat the oven to 350F/ 180C/ GM 4 and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

Cream together the butter and sugar then add the oats, flour, baking soda, syrup and water and mix until evenly combined. Take a heaped tablespoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball before placing on to the lined baking tray. Press down slightly then top with a small piece of cherry. Continue until you have used all of the mixture, allowing a good 1 ½ inches in between each biscuit as they will spread, then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


  1. These are so pretty with the touch of cherry red. You just cannot beat a homemade oatmeal biscuit. I'm intrigued by the name.

  2. Thanks Hester! I know...I've been trying to find out why they're called that but so far no luck - going to have a look in some of my older cook books and see if there are any recipes there. If I find out, I'll let you know! : )

  3. These look so lovely. Homemade biscuit cookies are just wonderful. Perfect for tea :)

  4. Hi, just found your blog and love it :)

    These biccies look so delish!

    Feel free to pop over to my blog.


  5. Thank you both so much!

    Beth - they are absolutely perfect with a cup of tea (infact I can't imagine having them without one!!).

    Maria - thanks so much, Ive just been having a look at your lovely blog and Im looking forward to reading more posts!

    Have a great weekend ladies : )

  6. Hi Lyndsey,

    Your mum gave me your blog address at the weekend and I love your site! I'm making the Priory Biscuits just now!

    Have passed the weblink onto a few friends who I know will love it too!

  7. Hi Jeni - so lovely to hear from you!

    Mum mentioned that she had been talking to you so Im glad you found my blog and even better that you like it! I hope you enjoyed the Priory Biscuits and I that you are well.

    Keep in touch,
    Lynds x


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