Recipe: Homemade Hobnobs

If you were a biscuit, what type of biscuit would you be?

A reportedly common interview question, albeit one that I haven’t been asked. I’m a bit gutted really, because I’d had the answer ready and waiting for a good few years. I would be a (chocolate half-covered) hobnob. Why? Sweet with a surprising twist (the subtle saltiness), grown up (no child would take a hobnob over a custard cream!) and commonly found with a cup of tea. And because chocolate covered hobnobs just happen to be my absolute favourite biscuit, and one of my only sweet-toothed weaknesses.

 photo Easy recipe for_zpswngcvq0z.jpg photo Homemade Hobnobs 2_zpst03rvxsv.jpgI try not to buy biscuits as a rule, but with W being diabetic there is a need to have something sweet, slightly carby and easy-to-eat-quickly on hand. Hobnobs will always be my biscuit of choice as they are super-yummy without being too naughty (well, they have oats!). One is also *enough* to fill a hungry tummy, though certainly not enough to satisfy as I’ll always want more. After several packets were consumed during the revision period (before I discovered an easy energy bite recipe!) I decided I wanted to make my own. And the very day that exams were over and done with, I did.

The first try wasn’t perfect. It tasted too much of golden syrup, didn’t have quite the salty kick I was after. The chocolate wasn’t right (using up a Lindt bunny made them too sweet – I found cheap Basics chocolate to be far better). They spread and amalgamated into a single large traybake. These are much better, though be warned they still spread and need to be far smaller than you’d think. They are sweet, but not tooth-achingly, with a good biscuity snap. So, so good, they didn’t last long at all!

 photo Homemade Hobnobs 5_zpssi6c0vv5.jpgIngredients

  • 125g butter, plus 15g for the chocolate topping
  • 85g soft brown sugar (don’t substitute for other types, as this type goes delicious sticky in the mix and helps bind the biscuits)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp golden syrup
  • 100g quick oats
  • 90g wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste, plus extra sea salt flakes for sprinkling if wanted
  • 150g chocolate

 photo Homemade Hobnobs 4_zps19fi4ypc.jpgSoften the butter well, then beat together with the sugar – the mix should be pale, creamy and almost fluffy looking. Beat in the golden syrup, before stirring in the oats, flour, baking soda/powder and salt. The mix is very stiff so requires some elbow grease, but I promise it does eventually come together.

Roll small helpings of dough (I use a teaspoon) into balls and flatten on a tray lined with greaseproof, until they are about the thickness of a £1 coin. Leave room for spreading – I recommend a maximum of 6 on each tray. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes at 180C, until the biscuits are golden brown. Allow to cool.

Melt the chocolate together with the 15g of butter, and top each biscuit with a good helping of the mixture. If you’re being good you could leave the chocolate topping off – but I’m not a huge fan of naked hobnobs! Sprinkle with a little seasalt if you’re being fancy, then eat with a good cup of tea.

 photo Homemade Hobnobs 1_zpsdvkc95un.jpgA delicious treat, I reckon these homemade hobnobs would be a fab addition to lunchboxes – almost like a crunchier version of a flapjack. They are rather oat heavy, and have a crunchy edge with a slightly chewy middle. Perfect to dunk in a cuppa, enjoy whilst studying, or just because. I could see them making a lovely gift tied up with some ribbon too…

If you were a biscuit, what biscuit would you be, and why?

  • Chocolate hobnobs are my absolutely favourite biscuit too! (Although one definitely never satisfies me). These look yummy – although you’ve been far more restrained with the chocolate than I would be haha. As for what biscuit I would be? I’ve spent a good few minutes considering it and haven’t come up with an answer. So let’s hope I never get that as an interview question!!
    Jennifer x
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    • ninegrandstudent

      Well, one satisfies my hunger but then I crave more and more of them! And unfortunately the restraint with chocolate was imposed due to a lack of chocolate in the house. I’ve made them since with a far more appropriate amount! x

  • This is a great idea, I love me a good hobnob! Great post.

    Anika |

    • ninegrandstudent

      Can’t beat them! x

  • so many baking blog posts lately and i love it so much. hobnobs are just the best and making them yourself sounds even better.

    • ninegrandstudent

      So easy and yummy! x

  • Saara Sofia

    These look and sound delicious! I’ve been a lot more into baking lately so I’ll definitely add these onto my list of things to bake. And these seem to be practically vegan already so that’s perfect. Thank you for sharing! | Bloglovin’

    • ninegrandstudent

      You could definitely adjust it – let me know how it goes! x

  • VERY yummy is all I can say! 😉 I’ve had the same issue of my biscuits melting into one huge traybake – but that’s how I came up with my cookie dough cake recipe, so can’t complain!

    Hmm what biscuit would I be… Probably an oatmeal cookie with white chocolate chunks instead of raisins! Trying to be healthy but not being very good at it, slightly weird taste in foods but deep-down quite lovable (or so I’d like to think haha) xx

    Anna @

    • ninegrandstudent

      Ooh, cookie dough cake sounds immense! x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I reckon you perhaps could try something dairy-free, but I’m not sure the taste would be exactly the same as a proper hobnob! x

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