Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies

A quick and easy golden syrup and oat cookies recipe. Made with pantry staples, these easy sweet oat biscuits are best enjoyed with a cup of tea or a glass of cold milk.

Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies on cooling rack

When I was a child, my Mum would often whip up these irresistibly buttery golden syrup and oat cookies. 

They were a staple in our household, and I have fond memories of eagerly licking the syrup spoon – a lovely treat in itself. I wonder, did anyone else relish in that simple joy as much as I did?

These cookies are not only a breeze to prepare, taking less than 10 minutes, but they also bake to perfection in just 10 minutes. 

This makes them a fantastic choice for those hectic days when you're itching to bake something sweet but time is of the essence.

Above all, these golden syrup and oat cookies are a hit with the kids – they absolutely adore them!

Syrup cookies just out of the oven

✔️ Why you'll love this recipe!

These cookies don't have any eggs in them, so they're perfect if you or someone in your family can't eat eggs.

They're also so quick and easy to make.

They make a great afternoon snack.

Reader Review

Lots of my readers have told me how much they love these cookies. It's been great hearing from everyone!
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🛒 Ingredients

100g Butter
100g Light Brown Sugar
2 tablespoon Golden Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
100g Self Raising Flour
100g Oats
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

🔪 Instructions

Step One: Preheat the oven to 180°c (160° fan/ Gas 4) and line two large baking trays with baking paper.

Step Two: Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a pan on a low heat. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

Step Three: Stir through the flour, oats and bicarbonate of soda and mix until combined.

Step Four: Spoon heaped teaspoons of the cookie mix onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart, and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies

💭 Expert Tips

Add a few tablespoons of desiccated coconut to the cookie mix to give them a coconut flavour, much like Anzac biscuits.

A pinch of cinnamon or ginger can give these cookies a warming spice kick.

For a weekend treat, use the cookies to make ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream.

Adding a handful of raisins will give them a sweet fruity taste. You could also add a handful of chopped nuts for added texture. Walnuts or pecan nuts would work well. 

One of my readers has made some tasty additions to the basic recipe.
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    🍴Serving suggestions

    For a real treat, try these cookies with a nice, hot cuppa – they're a match made in heaven! 

    Or, if you're feeling a bit fancy, pair them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

    They're also great for dunking into your morning coffee or as a cheeky snack with a cold glass of milk.

    Perfect for any time of the day, really!

    🥡 Storage

    Store: Place the cookies in an airtight container or biscuit tin. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days.

    Freeze: Freeze the cookies for up to three months.

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        Frequently asked questions

        Can I use honey instead of golden syrup?
        While honey is a possible substitute, it will alter the flavour profile.

        Are these cookies suitable for vegans?
        By substituting the butter for a vegan alternative, they can be made vegan-friendly.

        How long do these cookies stay fresh?
        Stored in an airtight container, they can last up to 4 days.

        Can I add chocolate chips to the recipe?
        Absolutely! Chocolate chips can be a delicious addition.

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        1. They look and sound fantastic. Perfect with a cup of tea.

        2. Now I know what to do with that golden syrup Matt bought to make honeycomb candy

        3. They look the perfect thing to eat with a cup of tea. Oats and golden syrup make great cookie pairings

        4. These cookies look so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

        5. Those cookies look absolutely fantastic. I love the combo of oats and golden syrup together.

        6. We can find golden syrup here sometimes. I know for sure they would carry it at Taste of Britain.

        7. :-O! You feed your builders homemade cookies... You truly are super-pregnant-woman (if you get what I mean lol)! xxx

        8. I love homemade cookies, especially those with oats, nuts, honey, seasame seeds, raisins.
          I'll bookmark your recipe and make it once the occasion comes around.

        9. I rarely make internet posts but felt strongly compelled to for this exeptional case.

          I recently baked these cookies. They are so easy to make and one of the most satisfying baking experiences as they are simply delicious.

          I give them to my boyfriend in his packed lunch; he finds them so tasty that he refuses to share any with his colleagues.

          10/10 !

        10. I love the fact that your recipes are homely, just the kind of food I want to eat.

        11. when I make these they don't look like yours, they spread out much more... any ideas?

        12. Most likely too much syrup. Try not to be too liberal with it

        13. Sorry but I thought these were awful, they spread out and took forever to unweld from the tray. I used the syrup stated in the recipe and did not alter any of the amounts. I wouldn't try them again.

        14. I just made these with my 6 year old niece. They were easy enough for her to help, and we both *loved* them. They looked just like the ones in the photos. We'll definitely be making them again!

        15. Thanks so much for this recipe. I've made these cookies about 5 times now with the addition of choc chips, raisins and apricot cinnamon today and they have worked every time :) I used to have a similar recipe and lost it so am very pleased to have this one. Thanks again

        16. I made these this morning.. super easy, super quick and superlicious too... my son and I demolished the first batch in 60 seconds flat!!!!

          Thank you very much.. will be popping in regulartly now :-)

        17. hi ive just made these and ive added coco to them, there yummy my kids will love them if there are any left when they get home, there so quick to i end up make them over and over i expect

        18. Just made these, so so easy and totally delicious!

        19. I made a batch of these cookies last week and they were really yummy! �� There aren’t very many left but I am going to freeze some. I had to bake them for 15 mins at 160 in my fan oven. However they came out with a crispy edge and a chewy middle which is the best combination! Not sure how I managed that, but anyway! I assumed I needed half a teaspoon of bicarb although the recipe doesn’t seem to state the spoon size, unless I missed something somewhere! My mum enjoyed them too! Thank you for the recipe! I was thinking about putting some raisins in next time I make a batch!

        20. Oh. My. Word. I've been looking for this recipe for ages. These were cookies our mother made regularly when I was child. It was our absolute favourite in the house. We called them Oaty Parkins. I moved away and the recipe has been lost. I could never quite remember the ratios of ingredients since we just used a cup and dumped it in. This is perfect though and a total taste of my childhood. Thank you!

          1. I'm so glad you found the recipe. I really love your name for the cookies!

          2. They were really delicious. I remembered at the last moment that we used ginger in our cookies so subbed out the vanilla for 1.5tsp ground ginger. It gives them a lovely warmth. Absolutely perfect. Thank you so much! I'm off to make another batch!

        21. Having seen the picture and read the comments I was really excited about making these cookies, I followed exactly the instructions but have manged to make sweet oaty crisps and not cookies. I'm not sure what went wrong!

          1. It sounds as though you might have added too much golden syrup. I make sure I use a proper tbsp measuring spoon as people often confuse dessert spoons with tablespoons and end up putting too much syrup in.