Mary Berry's Ginger Oat Crunch Biscuits

Mary Berry's deliciously crunchy ginger biscuits are easy and fuss-free, and make the perfect teatime treat. This classic baking recipe is featured in Mary's BBC 2 TV series, Quick Cooking.

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Simple to make, crunchy and very tasty. The mixture does spread out to give very thin, crisp biscuits, so the balls need to be well spaced apart on the baking sheets.

Makes 36
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 17 min
Total time: 32 min


150g (5oz) butter, diced if cold
1 tbsp golden syrup (see note)
175g (6oz) granulated sugar
75g (3oz) self-raising flour
50g (2oz) semolina
100g (4oz) porridge oats (standard or jumbo)
2 tsp ground ginger

Essential kit

You will need: 3–4 baking sheets lined with baking paper, or two lined sheets if cooking in batches.


Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C Fan/Gas 4, then line 3–4 baking sheets with baking paper (see note) or line two sheets and cook in batches.

Measure the butter, golden syrup and sugar into a saucepan and warm through over a medium heat until runny.

Remove from the heat and add the flour, semolina, oats and ginger. Stir until well incorporated, then tip on to a baking sheet, flatten out and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Scoop up teaspoonfuls of the mixture (which will be quite crumbly and buttery) and roll into 36 little balls, then place on the prepared baking sheets, well spaced apart. Push down slightly to flatten and then bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until lightly golden.

Leave to cool on the baking sheets, then store in an airtight container when completely cold.

Cook’s Notes:
• The butter can be used straight from the fridge or at room temperature – it does not matter as it’s being melted.

• Coat your spoon in a little oil before measuring the syrup – it will slip off easily and give a more accurate measurement.

• Silicone baking mats are a great alternative to baking paper – the biscuits slide off easily and the mats can be washed and used again.

Prepare Ahead:
These can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freeze the cooked biscuits for up to 3 months. The uncooked dough balls also freeze well.

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