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Homemade Chocolate HobNob Biscuits

Keyword hobnobs
Servings 20 biscuits
Author Izy



  • 125 g (4.5 oz / 9 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 80 g (2.8 oz / 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp) light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 80 g (2.8 oz) (1 cup) quick cooking oats
  • 4 tbsp wheat germ , (or use more oats)
  • 100 g (3.5 oz / 1 cup minus 2 tbsp) wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda , (baking soda)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder OR bakers ammonia
  • 1/2 tsp salt

To coat:

  • 100 g dark , (plain/semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or butter


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F). Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl with a wooden spoon or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachments, cream together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until pale and smooth. Add the golden syrup and beat to combine. Stir in the oats and wheatgerm followed by the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  • Take about two teaspoons of dough and roll into a ball. Place onto one of the prepared trays and press down lightly in the middle so that it spreads to about 4cm wide. Repeat with the remaining dough, leaving a few centimetres between each ball as they will flatten and spread as they bake.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and the kitchen smells like toasty oats. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Don't worry if the biscuits feel slightly soft; they should firm up and become crunchy as they cool.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Spoon a little bit of chocolate onto the top of each biscuit and use a palette knife, butter knife or the back of a spoon to spread it over the surface. Set them aside to harden. Place any remaining chocolate into a sandwich bag and cut the tip of one corner off. Use like a piping bag to drizzle chocolate over the chocolate-coated biscuits in a cross hatch pattern. Leave to set again.
  • Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.