Cranberry oatcakes

Cranberry oatcakes

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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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20th Dec, 2019
Like others, I had a crumbling problem even though I rolled them a bit thicker than a £1 coin. I didn't know what a tablespoon of butter was, so I used 50g. They taste nice, but probably a bit fragile to package up for Christmas food hampers.
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Gandha Key
16th Feb, 2019
Why add bicarb?? I didn't and they were really tasty
23rd Oct, 2015
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.
15th Dec, 2014
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.
18th Sep, 2012
There is one mistake in my previous comment, I used 3/4 cups of hot water and not 1.5 cups!!!
18th Sep, 2012
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. THANKS!
10th Jul, 2012
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!
30th Nov, 2011
Hi 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?
21st Nov, 2011
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
23rd Dec, 2010
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!


14th Sep, 2013
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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