I’ve been experimenting with making flapjack and the current batch is a winner. Here’s the recipe…

  • 300g oats
  • 225g soft light brown sugar
  • 225g butter
  • 100g raisins
  • a small knob of ginger, cut into tiny bits

Grease a baking tray (mine’s about 20cm/9” square). Set the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Melt the butter in a saucepan and once melted add the sugar. Warm gently, then remove from the heat and stir in the oats, raisins and ginger. Press into the baking tray (if your hands are wet I think the mixture sticks to you less).

Bake for up to 20 minutes. Don’t wait for the flapjack to turn brown, as if you leave it too long it’ll end up far too hard. Cut into squares or slices while it’s warm, then leave in the tray to cool.

These amounts give me 16 chunky squares using my baking tray. You can leave out the raisins and ginger if you like. And you can add 90ml/6 tbsp of golden syrup when adding the sugar; this gives you flapjack that’s more sticky than crumbly. This recipe’s a combination of one in a modern Mrs Beeton book and one my grandma used to make.


  • its very good because iam making it

  • i like itttttttt. its rubbish but nooo its veryy goood instructions

  • I looooove oat flapjacks and want to try this recipe. However, I do not have measuring equipment so if I ws measuring using cups, how many cups of each do I need???

  • if u go to www.exploratorium.edu/cookin/convert/measurement -it has all the cookery weights and measurment conversion , bit of useful info for u all !

  • well, i’m gonna use this recipe in school tomorrow for my food tech exam. so if I get an F, it’s your fault, OK?!?

  • use mixed fruits and then top with cooking chokolate…mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, i used these at a farewell party we had for my last day of schoool. And everyone LOVED them. U r GENIUS!!!!!


  • The conversion chart has changed pages, here is the new link http://exploratorium.edu/cooking/convert/conversion.html

  • 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, a handful of sunflower seed and two grated eating apples are good in place of ginger and rasins - I find that dried frut in flapjacks always gets too caramelised

  • Great recipe, however what struck me more was the apparent inability of all the visitors to this site to spell correctly. Don’t they teach kids anything in school anymore??

  • They teach kids a lot in school nowadays, however kids find their own language as time moves on. You can look at it as a written slang language or as a trend, not as spelling mistakes. So don’t worry too much, they will most likely learn how to spell correctly in due time.

  • that spellin comant was funny and funier tooo was the reply.. your resipi was mint flap jaks ruuuule

    Im a grate speler and dislexicle


  • Since writing this I’ve come across another rather good recipe (scroll down the page).

    Lots more nuts and fruit and things, so worth a try if you want a change!

  • Just cooking the flapjack, recipe very easy to follow! Thanx a lot! i hope it tastes gd!

  • hello my name is megan and i am 13 years old i think your recipie is amazing thank you very much and my granparents loved it !!!!!!!!! thanks againxxx

  • Hi, my name is Nicky, and I’m 12, I’m made your flapjacks. My family thought they were sooooooooo delicious that they have me making a batch each Saturday for after tea!!!!!!!! Thanks, Nicky!

  • i am going to use this recipe at scool tomorow thanks


  • I have just come across this site and my son and i are going to try and make them tomorrow. We have made play dough and he was a bit gutted that he could not eat it, hense why i am making something simple!!!!! Thanks :)

  • why do you not put golden syrup in your flapjacks?

  • This is a great recipe and works really well - I’d lost the copy I took last month - and so pleased I found you again! :o)

  • [ Also to Shirley :) ]
    I am ever so happy to find a recipe of flapjack without that golden syrup, for in my country we do not have it!!!
    Thanks a lot!

  • Noémi, you could use corn syrup instead of golden syrup, or even honey!


  • a brill recipe thankyou x

  • hi i made these flapjacks today all on my own they are fabulous i am gonna make them for my food tech exam !!!

  • Fab recipe easy to follow. I swapped the raisins and ginger for halved cherries and blanched almonds and they taste great :o)

  • My mum and dad are going out so i’m going to make them for me and my gran! it might keep her quiet for a while

  • Very easy ‘n’ simple to do. This recipe was great and everyone was satisfied. Also Jimmy’s advice about topping with cooking chocolate worked very well too. Thanx alot!

  • I tried these today and they are great insructions really easy to follow!

  • hi, i thought his recipe was intesting,i made one lot that i thought i would not like (this is my boyfriends favourite) but6 i lovd it (LOVED IT!!)

  • mmmmmmm i love flapjack!!!! and these were yummy whoo!!!

  • Looks good, they’re in the oven now. 13 mins to go…

  • great recipe, have used it loads now and have just taught my 10 year old to make them!!

  • It’s delicious! I’m 12. My parents had gone away for the weekend and I made them as a surprise.. and they loved them! We’re having a birthday party next week and my mum wants me to make more batches.. amazing!!

  • it’s great, im 12 too! I made them for my village fair and every one loved them! thanks!

  • yo dis is wkd man i totally luv it wot do yoooh fink of it ppl

  • THe recipe was clear and easy to read the wholo squad loved it thanks.

  • Great Recipe, I had a lot of oats that needed using up!



  • This thing has better me good. It’s in the over now ;)

  • As a follow-up…I don’t like raisins so I left them out. Note for next time, make up with extra oats.
    I didn’t have any golden syrup so I used a drop of honey about a table spoon.

    These were the most amazing flapjacks that I’ve ever made. So simple, so quick, so fattening :) They’ve all gone already (lasted 2 1/2 days).

    They’d have gone quicker but I saw how much butter was in there ;)

    Thanks for the recipe.

  • My wife liked these so much, she’s asked me to make another batch tonight! lol. Better go to the store for more butter and sugar!

  • Iyuurrrs babes.
    that flapjack was well fit,
    Had to walk to the store for oats and sugar.
    was well worth it.
    tarrrr Babes
    love yazzz.

  • Ginger makes for great flapjack- nice to see someone else thinks so.

  • I am really looking foward to trying this. The recipie looks good and the comments people have left rae really re - assuring me.

  • I was wondering if anyone knew the recipe for making soft,soggy and buttery flapjack? been looking for a while now

  • this is a verry good recipe. taste grate but very adictive

  • hii just put it into the oven!! :D hope it turns out okayy!!!! x x x

  • you must of doubled the recipe, no way is that what i’d put in !!! i have a better recipe

  • i tired making flapjacks from the i can cook recipe from cbeebies. Yeah, i know it is kind of babish but they turned out okay. Not too good not too bad. I want to try making this recipe but i don’t know will it turn out good.

  • I was watching a BBC programme and they made “Ginger Cake”, but they did not give any quantities or instructions. I went onto their web site but as I live in Spain they said that the information was not available in my area. Annoyed, I went onto the web and found your recip, tried it, and it was brilliant. Thanks.

  • WOW I just made them and they turned out wonderful thank you! me and my family loved them my two sons cant stop them selves from eating them while they watch cbeebies.

    My neighbour was wondering if she could use toffee hoops instead of raisins and no ginger? she cant eat ginger and she doesn’t like raisins.

  • I’m glad you liked them Ella! There’s only one way to find out if toffee hoops would be good… give it a try and let us know how it goes.

  • How funny Phil, we were searching to find out why our flapjacks were too crumbly and your page came up 3rd on Google. And there was I thinking Pepys was your speciality! Hope you are well, love Andrew, Lucy and the girls x