Cranberry oatcakes

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes about 20 small oatcakes
Add a little extra to your cheese board with these light and fruity oatcakes. Perfect with a chunk of Stilton and a glass of port

Nutrition and extra info

  • Uncooked
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal54
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.12g
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  • 225g oatmeal, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 25g dried, sweetened cranberry, roughly chopped


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the oatmeal, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl and mix well. Stir in the cranberries. Heat the butter and 150ml water in a small pan until the butter melts.

  2. Make a well in the centre of the oatmeal mix, pour in the liquid and use a palette knife to mix everything together. The mixture will initially seem a bit wet, but the oatmeal will gradually absorb all the liquid to give a soft dough.

  3. Lightly dust a clean work surface with oatmeal. Tip out the dough, then roll out to about 5mm thick. Use a small round or star-shaped cutter to stamp out the oatcakes, or use your favourite Christmas shapes. Re-roll any trimmings and continue to cut out biscuits. Cut biscuits can be frozen, uncooked, for up to a month. Freeze flat before packing into bags or boxes.

  4. Brush off any excess oatmeal, then space the oatcakes over 2 baking sheets. Bake for about 20 mins, carefully turning the oatcakes every 5 mins or so to stop them from steaming and going stodgy. When cooked, they should be crisp and lightly golden. Lift onto a wire rack and leave to cool. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Comments (17)

mrsmchaggis's picture

fab recipe. first time I made, I tried both cranberry version and cracked black pepper suggestion. both delicious and I've made several Christmases since.

jrw44's picture

This recipe has been poorly proof read. Surely you mean "oat meal" not oatmeal, if you have to dust with it; and 1 tblsp of butter does not equal "liquid" likely to render the mix too wet.

mmvc8391's picture

There is one mistake in my previous comment, I used 3/4 cups of hot water and not 1.5 cups!!!

mmvc8391's picture

I've just made a batch of these oatcakes, but instead of cranberries I used rosemary. I live in Brazil and it is difficult to find cranberries over here.
They turned out just fantastic!
I was hesitant due to the contradictory comments. I used 200gr of oatmeal and 1 and 1/2 cup of water, large tbsp of butter, and a tsp of rosemary and they came out perfect.
I made them in two batches, first of 1/2cm thick, and then sort of 3mm thin and both turned out great.
The only comment, is that I am giving them an extra-bake of 10 min once they are warm to assure they will dry properly, as if they were biscotti.
I could turn them upside down perfectly.
As in Brazil oatcakes cost a fortune, I know I will repeat this recipe on and on.

konier1's picture

PLEASE HELP ME!!! Hi, sorry about the lack of rating. I haven't actually made them yet so I don't know what they'll taste like. But I don't have any bicarbonate of soda, so I need a substitute really quickly! I thought maybe baking powder, but that would make them rise and they're supposed to be flat. Thank you! ELLISCOOKS, a tbsp is 25g, or thereabouts. I'd say you'd cook them after defrosting, but have you just made the dough or cut out biscuits? If it's just the dough, wait to defrost then roll out, etc. If you've got the biscuit shapes already, put them straight into the oven. Thank you again!

elliscooks's picture

I made some of these the other day, really really lovely. I used ordinary porridge from the supermarket and they came together well. Though the recipe asks for a table spoon of butter? How on earth are you suppose to measure that out? I just cut a knob roughly the size of my tblsp.
I have frozen some more but am wondering if you cook them from frozen or do you need to defrost them?

sprogget's picture

Hope some1 can help me these sound really nice and i wanna make some of these 4 gift 2 put in hampers, do u think this recipe would freeze so i can make ahead of time many thanks

jennahead's picture

These have come out very well. Maybe those that have had a dry mixture need to enlarge their tablespoon of butter? I don't know... Anyway, I'm going to try and make oatcakes with whisky in them next - yum!

rachl1's picture

Ended up with lovely tasty, crunchy oatcakes (did the version with black pepper) - best done as circles rather than other shapes as stars broke up a bit when I tried to turn them.

The type of oatmeal matters - I tried another time with stoneground oatmeal (Alfords) which had more large bits in and it didn't work at all well - very crumbly and disintegrated. Prewetts medium oatmeal worked well though.

karin007's picture

I don't understand why people think this recipe works at all. Dry crumbs is what I ended up with. So added more butter, and got some biscuits, but they are very fragile, and crumble as soon as you touch them. Don't taste that great either.

maitken's picture

We loved these and my teenage daughter, who has never eaten oatcakes before, devoured these and has become an oatcake lover as a result. She continues to prompt me to make these again - so I will. I made them with cranberries, chopped crystallized ginger and plain. All were good but the cranberries were probably the best.

emsmith's picture

These always go down a storm with my family. I've found that the trick is to make sure they're thick enough as if they're too thin (i.e. less than 5mm) then they do tend to dry out a little too much and can fall to pieces.

They're delicious with cranberries but, as someone suggested above, I've tried them with cracked black pepper or herbs and it works really well.

pam1pom's picture

Very fiddly and definitely wouldn't be able to use xmas shape cutters with the mixture I ended up with- may have been because I used coarse oatmeal or not enough fat although I used amounts stated.

I ended up with dry crumbs and only 4 oatcakes that had kept their shape and still look a bit fragile. Don't think i would make again and definitely not with coarse oatmeal, will look for a different recipe though as flavour was OK.

alhutt1's picture

I left out the cranberries and tried the black pepper version. Had to cook them for 10 mins longer than the recipe said, but I think I should have made them a bit thinner. Turned out okay.

ghensler's picture

they were lovely, I havent ever made oatcakes before, they were a bit dry but enjoyable with a bit of stilton and port! We ate them on burns night was a perfect end to the meal!

snowdrop08's picture

This is the first time I've made oatcakes and we all really enjoyed them, so much nicer than shop bought ones. I took them along to a friend's house for a hogmanay buffet and she asked for the recipe.

vodkababe5770's picture

Very dry. But never had oatcakes like this before so maybe thats why we didnt like it!

Questions (1)

carollizc's picture

When you call for oatmeal in this recipe, is steel-cut oatmeal what is meant, or can I use rolled oats? While the distinction may be plain in Britain, I live in Canada, where rolled oats are what is more commonly used in baking. Thank you for any information you can share.

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