Jamaican Crunchies Cookie Recipe

It felt about time for another biscuit/cookie recipe, so today I’m bringing you these Jamaican Crunchies. I warn you though, they are a tad controversial for a biscuit! In my experience they have a Marmite like appeal and most who try them either love or hate them. Of course which side of the love/hate line you will fall can only be discovered by making them!

You Will Need

3oz/ 85g plain flour

3oz/ 85g porridge oats

3oz/ 85g demerara sugar

3oz/ 85g butter/margarine

1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 tablespoon Jamaican rum

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325F., 170C., Gas 3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients.

Next melt the butter and golden syrup together in a small pan over a medium heat.

Step 2

Once the butter has melted add the Rum to the pan and remove from the heat. Then pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.


Step 3

Roll the mixture between your hands to make small evenly sized balls.  Place the balls onto a baking tray which has been covered with a sheet of non-stick parchment. Make sure they are spaced apart to allow the biscuits to grow in th oven.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden.

Then sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy (or don’t 😉 )It’s all starting to sound like a bit of a snack-time challenge 😛

If you do try these out I’d love to hear which camp you fell into upon tasting.

Happy New Year!

Alright I know it’s still technically 2011, but I thought I’d just take a moment to wish you all a very happy new year!

The Christmas season may not be over for another 6 days,  in fact my son asks me everyday which day of Christmas it is and what that means, but most of us are probably looking forward to new year celebrations and gatherings this weekend.

After the children were born staying up until midnight became a distant memory and we had to look for new ways to ring in the next year. Much like Christmas Day my family has developed it’s own traditions and customs. Over time this evolved into a family party that is almost like a miniature Christmas. We eat lovely food, play humorous games and give little gifts. My kids even count down the days and become very excited, proving that quantity of gifts or their size has little to do with childish anticipation 🙂

This year we also took inspiration from our new Christmas tradition and have made an awful lot of biscuits in the shape of feet! This was initially thought out because I was given some gorgeous metal cutters in the shape of a footprint. The idea is that it also represents the tradition of ‘First-Foot’. I don’t know if I will be able to convince my brother to visit again on New Years Day (as the only dark haired male) but at least if I can’t we have a mini nod to this old tradition.

If you are looking for a last minute New Year craft I have also written a tutorial for the Boden Community which was posted up today. This is to make my New Year Promise Pots (another tradition).

Have a wonderful time whatever your plans and I’ll see you all again in 2012!!

St. Catherine Biscuit Cookie Recipe!

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we started by watching and celebrating the Royal Wedding on Friday. Anne made a very patriotic Pavlova and today we thought we’d share a recipe for St. Catherine biscuits/cookies with you all. These biscuits are very crumbly and melt in the mouth.

St. Catherine Cookies


What You’ll Need

4 oz, 100g butter
4 oz, 100g S.R. flour
4 oz, 100g caster sugar
Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 heaped tablespoon ground almonds
A few whole or flaked almonds to decorate.
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 170C, 350F, Gas Mark 4. Begin by melting the butter in a saucepan.
Step 2
In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, ground almonds, sugar and soda and then stir into the melted butter.
Step 3
Form the mixture into balls and place onto a greased/lined baking tray. Press down lightly and decorate with a piece of almond. Then bake for 12 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and then enjoy 🙂
St. Catherine Cookies