Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Festive Flapjacks

These are festive flapjacks, a Christmas version of
our favourite homemade treat. They're made with the usual
ingredients sugar, porridge oats, golden syrup, butter,
but made seasonal by the addition of mincemeat. They're so
 simple and easy to make, and they taste so good!

The idea for this came from this recipe that I found online.
 I've made some changes with the quantities and instead of brandy
and mincemeat I used brandy-infused mincemeat that we
got from Aldi. It works really well and for me it's just the right mix
of citrussy and spicy with a slight hint of booze, giving the flapjacks
a lovely Christmassy flavour.

Here's our recipe for making this irresistible treat:

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line with baking
parchment a square 8x8 inch baking tin.

Gently melt 175g of butter in a large sauce pan along with
 3 tablespoons golden syrup and 175g demerara sugar. 
Remove from heat and stir in 100g brandy-infused mincemeat.
Stir in 325g porridge oats. Mix well and turn into the prepared tin,
pressing flat with the back of a spoon.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 13-15 minutes, or until pale
golden brown. Remove from the oven. Leave to cool for about
10 minutes then mark into 16 squares. Leave to cool completely
in the tin.

Lulu and I made this yesterday for Markie's teachers at school.
We put five flapjack squares in each party bag and tied it with
red bakers' twine.

I also added labels made from brown gift tags and washi tape,
with the ingredients written at the back.

So they're not only easy to make and taste delicious, they also
make lovely presents. I really hope Markie's teachers like them.

We were actually planning to make some today to take to
playgroup tomorrow but unfortunately my sweet little helper
was feeling poorly. We hope and pray she'll feel better soon.
We have plans to make more festive flapjacks to give to friends
and of course, for us to enjoy too!

Hope your Christmas making and baking are going well.
See you soon!


  1. Oh how I love the idea of Christmas flapjacks!! I am sure that everyone who received them will love them!! xx

  2. They look delicious. I think they're a perfect Christmas treat for the teachers.

  3. They do look good Marion. I'm going to give them a try as I have half a jar of mincemeat in the fridge. I think I've overdosed on the mince pies already. Your handwriting on the labels is beautiful by the way xx

  4. Thank you for sharing the recipe - they look very tasty and festive in their bags with red and white decoration.

  5. I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea. I love flapjacks - they are so simple to make, and the addition of some mincemeat just makes them a bit more festive. Your packaging is so pretty too. x

  6. Marion, I'm back again to say that I made these today and they were yummy!! Thanks for sharing this recipe xx

  7. This looks so good! mmm. ( I just googled "mincemeat". I was thinking actual meat and was wondering if that would actually taste good. Google came up with dried fruits, Sugar and brandy.) Now I want to make some myself. :-)