Apricot & Raisin Cookies

Biscuit week kicked off the new series of Great British Bake Off, so here's a favourite recipe from Vaughan's Cookery School.  Whilst sweet, buttery things may never be described as healthy food in conventional terms, something sweet and delicious is always good for the soul and, therefore, our well-being.  These particular goodies contain brown sugar - more nutrients than highly processed and bleached white sugar, and oats - known to be highly nutritious, lower cholesterol and provide a good source of fibre.  Easy to make and real crowd pleasers so - get baking!


120g butter

75g soft brown Sugar

100g self raising flour

75g oats 

50g raisins  

6 apricots, chopped 

  1. Set oven to 180/ gas 4 
  2. Grease 2 baking sheets. 
  3. Chop the apricots into bits (scissors easiest way). 
  4. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until soft and creamy. 
  5. Sieve in the flour. 
  6. Add the oats, apricots or chocolate chips and raisins and mix together until it forms a rough ball. 
  7. Flour hands. 
  8. Using a dessert spoon, take a spoonful of mixture and roll into golf ball sizes. 
  9. Put on the baking sheet and leave room to spread. 
  10. Flatten slightly with back of spoon or fork
  11. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown. 
  12. Leave to stand for 5 mins before trying to put them on a cooling rack. 

Recipe variations: 


  • Chocolate chips – milk, dark or white 
  • Cherries 
  • Chopped walnuts or almonds 
  • Sultanas 
  • Cranberries