Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oat & Apricot Cookies - Wholesome Healthy & Homemade!

With the Easter holidays fast approaching, here's a quick recipe for wholesome homemade cookies that gets all the family involved. Perfect for kids bored in the afternoon if the weather is bad. And lets face it the weather usually bites in Ireland in April at some point.

I made these cookies with diced apricots but you can easily substitute the apricots with chocolate chips, or another dried fruit. I added a small trickle of melted chocolate to these for extra ommmphh; but when my nieces came to visit they decorated theirs with pink icing.


  • 225g rolled oats
  • 225g plain flour
  • 225g brown sugar
  • 225g of butter
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 120g of diced apricots
  • 1 tsp of orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two to three oven trays with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter, sugar, and golden syrup in a saucepan. Once melted add the vanilla extract and orange juice.
  3. In a large bowl add the flour, oats, baking powder and apricots. Mix well to combine.
  4. Pour the melted ingredients into the dry  ingredients and stir extremely well to combine.
  5. Using an icecream scoop or a large serving spoon, scoop spoonfuls of cookie mixture on the trays, spacing 2cm apart as they spread quite significantly when baked.
  6. Baked in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes once fully cooked, before removing them and cooling them completely on a wire rack.
  8. Then either decorate with icing or melted chocolate if desired.
  9. These will keep very well in an airtight container for several days.

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