Old Fashioned Oat Cakes

These are the perfect biscuits to eat with a cup of coffee or tea.  We don't eat these much in the states but they are a favorite in Canada and the UK.  They are easy to make and much better than store bought.
The recipe:

  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup undiluted evaporated milk (not condensed milk)
  1. Place the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, brown sugar and salt in the bowl of your food processor.
  2. Add the butter and pulse it in until you have a crumbly mix.  Dump this into a bowl.
  3. Toss in the rolled oats.
  4. Add the milk and toss together with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut out the oatcakes with a 3 inch biscuit cutter or an inverted drinking glass.
  5. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18- 20 minutes. Bake until the edges start to brown. Cool on a wire rack. I like mine crisp so I let them sit in the slightly cooled oven for a while after baking.

You can gather up the scraps and roll and cut them.

These keep very well especially when you make them crisp.

They are great to give your kids in the morning.  It's like a bowl of oatmeal in a biscuit!


Anonymous said…
oh wow, these bring back memories, these were the first cookies I ever made,, they were a staple at home and Garry still loves these, sometimes I fill them with date filling,, I like them on their own,,
yours look perfect.
The canned milk ( Carnation always lol, ) is the dead give away for this recipe,, very Canadian, at least from our area,,in this area after the government took away the small farmers milk quota many farms resorted to supplemented their house hold milk needs with Carnation milk. Not the healthiest but its what was used, to this day I love Carnation milk in my tea just like my gramma did.
Anonymous said…
One of my favorite cookies! That and a glass of milk and life feels good :-)

Have a great day!

Och aye, lassie, they'll cure what ails ye.
Guillaume said…
I would definitely have that with tea!
Sara said…
These look delicious. I could use some tea and cookies on this dreary day.
these look like the perfect compliment to a cup of tea. YUM.
Well...of course they are good! But I love that you have tied them in the little bundles...so sweet. CUTE idea, Joyce. Printing this out for my daughter, Maryalice too.. :)