Recipe: Cinnamon Oat Cookies

I like to have snacks available. Sometimes I get unexpectedly hungry, and having something to hand is always useful. If you’ve baked it yourself, it’s that much more satisfying.

This recipe is for super-simple oat cookies which I personally like to spice up with a little cinnamon. Once made, they must be hidden from my daughter, who has a thing for cinnamon.

They rate a ten-out-of-ten on the frugality scale as they cost so little to make. They’re not the healthiest foodstuff in the world, but you can’t be virtuous in all areas of life, all the time!

IngredientsMethodCost & Time

Ingredients

  • 100 grams porridge oats
  • 100 grams plain white flour
  • 75 grams caster sugar
  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp honey or simple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Cooking Equipment : An oven tray, some greaseproof paper.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over gentle heat, then add the sugar and either honey or simple syrup
  3. In a bowl, mix the flour, porridge oats and caster sugar. Create a well in the center and pour in the mixture from teh heated pan
  4. Combine, bringing gradually more of the flour into the mixture until the entire thing is evenly mixed
  5. Using a spoon, place equally-sized balls of the mixture on a baking tray that you’ve lined with baking paper. Press down lightly on flatten them a little
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. They should go a gentle golden brown. Don’t overcook if they seem a little soft as they will harden when they cool
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.

Notes : The quantities above should be sufficient for about 15 cookies, but as you can see the recipe scales really easily, depending on the size of your oven.

Cost & Time

Ingredient Pack Quantity Price Recipe Quantity Price for Recipe
Porridge Oats 1kg £1.10 100g £0.11
White Flour 1.5kg £0.60 100g £0.04
Caster Sugar 1kg £1.60 75g £0.12
Unsalted Butter 250g £1.50 100g £0.60
Honey 340g £0.99 1 tbsp £0.06
Cinnamon 40g £0.85 1 tsp £0.05
Total £0.98

I can make this in about 20 minutes, and the price works out at about £0.06 per biscuit, which is pretty competitive.

If you bake a great deal, you can buy butter in greater quantities and benefit from smaller unit costs. Since butter represents more than half the cost of the cookies, this can significantly reduce the overall cost.


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