If you would like to keep a fidgety child amused for an hour AND at the end of it have something tasty to dunk in your tea, this could well be the recipe for you. If you don’t have a child of your own don’t worry, you could always rent one … we hire ours out for £20 an hour (one change of clothes included).

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus 30-45 minutes chilling
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Makes: 20ish
Skill level: even a 3-year-old could make these (with a considerable amount of patient supervision and mess)


  • whole wheat flour – 100g
  • medium porridge oats – 100g
  • butter – 100g
  • soft brown or caster sugar – 50g
  • baking powder – 1tsp
  • milk – 1 or 2 tbsp
  • salt – pinch
  • fair-trade plain chocolate (50% minimum cocoa – not your Bournville crap) – 150g

If you are cooking with a child, persuade her/him to wash their hands.


Pre-heat your oven to 180c/gas mark 4.

In a bowl mix together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Rub in the butter until the mixture is the texture of breadcrumbs.

Add enough milk to give you a moist pastry.

Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for half an hour to firm up.

Sit on potty, then run upstairs and play with train set.

Remove from the fridge and roll out between 2 sheets of clingfilm (because the dough is quite delicate) to a thickness of 3mm.

Cut into 6-7cm (biscuit-sized) discs. Re-roll any trimmings.

Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to the touch.

Sit on potty, then watch an episode of ‘Mr Tumble’.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Sit on potty, then do some drawing.

Chocolate digestives

Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex bowl sitting on a saucepan of boiling water (make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl).

Spread the melted chocolate over your biscuits and place in the fridge to cool and set.

Lick spoon and bowl, then sit on potty.

Verdict: Just like the chocolate digestives you can buy in those shops … but a lot better.

Drink: Tea is essential.

Entertainment: Justin Fletcher in his many guises.


  1. Monsieur Binet Himself

    Ah, a man of his word, I see! You promised that the recipes would be spewed forth like projectile something, and so it did! I am much behind in my blog reading but performed a quick scan of the recent posts and my brain and stomach had a quick to and fro, which means that at least two recipes will be tried out before the week is out.

    Now as for that absolutely delightful post on the freshly-minted royal: I have an entirely dependable source who informed me that said spawn will not go by the name of His Exalted Highness Prince Jayden Kayden Riley Tyler Windsor but instead His Exalted Highness Prince Jayden Kayden Riley KEANU Tyler Windsor.

    One will report one’s findings on the recipes one selects at one’s earliest convenience. Fond regards to the family and happy eating.

  2. Hi MBH

    Look forward to your findings.


  3. I can’t believe you made these AFTER I’d gone, and forced me stay in a biscuit-free house for an entire weekend.

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