Batty for biscuits

I experienced an uncanny craving for biscuits on Sunday – and it was incredibly easy to whip some up. In just an hour I managed to make four varieties, so our biscuit tins will be full for a few weeks!

Oat, Honey and Nut Crumbles

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These have proved a big hit with my partner and I suspect they’ll become a lunchbox staple. I used wholemeal, but you can use plain or a mixture of both. If you like a springier biscuit – more like an American cookie – use self-raising flour or add a teaspoon of baking powder. And for extra chew, use a mixture of Demerara and Muscovado sugars. You can also experiment with additions like dried fuit, coconut, chocolate – whatever you like!

Ingredients

75g flour

75g oats – I used jumbo oats for texture

50g chopped walnuts

75g brown sugar

75g butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp milk

Method

Preheat your oven to 160C. Put the flour, oats, nuts and sugar into a mixing bowl. Next, melt the butter, honey and milk in a pan until heated through and fully combined. Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients until fully combined. Using a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking tray and flatten into a biscuit shape (round, square, triangular). Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on the temperament of your oven) or until golden brown and leave to cool for five minutes before removing from the tray (otherwise they will burn your mouth and break to pieces!)

Chocolate, spice and peanut butter

I used BBC Good Food’s Basic Biscuit Dough Recipe as a starting point, with the following amendments:

#1 – I mixed the wet ingredients as described in the BBC recipe, and then divided them in half to make two separate mixes.

#2 For the spice biscuits I added 1 heaped teaspoon of mixed spice and 150g of whole wheat plain flour. I chilled the dough for 15 minutes, then divided it into little balls and pressed them into flat biscuit shapes. In my oven, they took 8 minutes at 160C.
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#3 For the plain chocolate biscuits, I added 150g plain white flour and 2 tsp cocoa powder.
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After chilling the dough, I divided it into small balls and pressed them down with my fingers before making indentations with a fork. These took about 8 mins to bake at 160C.
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#4 For the peanut butter chocolate biscuits I took half the chocolate dough and pressed it into a rectangular shape about 6in long. I then spread it with peanut butter and rolled it into a sausage shape before cutting it into 1in slices.
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I baked them at 160C for 8-10 mins.
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