Granny’s English Oatmeal Cookies

A couple of weeks ago my Mum and sister came to visit me from England (which probably accounts for why my Blog posts have been so sparse lately!) Sorry!! I hadn’t seen my mum in over two years, and my older sister for even longer than that, so it was amazing to spend some time with them and we had so much fun together! I got to show them what Halloween was all about up here in Mattawa (since it’s not that big in England), we got to tour Seattle for a couple of days, and we also did a lot of shopping in tricities… so I actually got a head start on Christmas (which never happens!) It was fun just having down time with them (and Downton time with them too… we finished off Season 3 which was just brilliant!) And it was great doing girly things and spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking together.

I let my Mum and sister choose the menu for the week (because let’s be honest… how often do I get to play hostess to my family? NEVER!) They chose beef wellingtons and chocolate soufflés, and I actually ended up making a white chocolate soufflé which was so delicious, i’m going to have to make it again soon and post the recipe! My Mum also made me a couple of my all time favorite English dishes, which made me feel close to home–and i’m really excited to share some of those over the next little while.

But just to get started, here is my Granny’s oatmeal cookie recipe. This is the first time I have ever posted a recipe on my Blog from my side of the family! I don’t know if it’s a recipe she invented herself, or whether it’s just a recipe she found and loved and used all the time, but either way she passed it down to my Mum–and so this recipe is the one I grew up with, and love. Here it is:

Granny’s English Oatmeal Cookies:

1/2 lb flour
1/2 lb oats
1/2 lb sugar
1/2 lb butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 oz golden syrup
1 egg

In a saucepan, heat a can of golden syrup in some water until it’s a thin, pourable consistency.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, egg and golden syrup and mix to combine. 

Roll into balls and place onto a greased baking tray

You want to spread them quite far apart because they’ll flatten and spread out a lot during cooking 

Bake for 15-20 mins at 350degF until golden brown around the edges. Flatten if you want to make them a little crunchy.

It might be hard to get hold of golden syrup if you are American, but I think they serve it at Fred Meyer, or online, or any international store (if you live close to one). It’s worth getting, because you can make so many delicious desserts with it {and it’s also amazing on oatmeal too!} I’m so glad my Mum brought me 4 cans of it!! Soon i’m going to have to make treacle pudding with custard, which is another recipe I love, that my Granny made all the time!

Until then, enjoy this classic, English oatmeal cookie recipe, and keep reading for more delicious English recipes ahead!

Love, Sarah