Sunday, 23 October 2011

Baking with Julie: Spiced fruit cookies

As long time readers of my blog may know, one of my favourite ways to spend my leisure time is to bake and on my day off on Thursday, I was delighted to get the time to do just that. Inspired by the falling leaves and cooler temperatures of the last couple of weeks, I was feeling decidedly autumnal, so when it came to choosing a recipe,it seemed only natural to plump for one of my autumn favourites; these spiced fruit cookies that feature in The Australian Women's Weekly Complete Book of Cupcakes and Baking. I've tried and failed to find a link to this book online, but if you're based in the UK, it's available from WH Smith and it comes highly recommended!

Spiced Fruit Cookies (or Crunchy Muesli Cookies if you prefer the book's name for them!)

Source: Slightly adapted from The Australian Women's Weekly Complete Book of Cupcakes and Baking.


  • 90g rolled oats
  • 150g plain flour (I used self raising instead)
  • 220g caster sugar ( I used granulated sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ( I always use mixed spice; it's just a personal preference)
  • 35g dried cranberries (I replaced these with 40g of glacé cherries, finely chopped )
  • 55g finely chopped dried apricots (I replaced these with 50g raisins)
  • 70g slivered almonds (Didn't use or substitute anything in their place)
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (Omitted as I used self raising flour)
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C (I preheated mine to 160/ Gas Mark 3 as I find that extra 10 degrees really does make a difference!) and grease and line baking trays.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, dried fruit and nuts (if using) in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter with the golden syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat; add the bicarbonate of soda (if using) and boiling water. Stir the warm butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
  4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls, place on trays 5cm/2 inches apart and flatten with hand. Bake for about 20 minutes (I baked mine for nearer to 30), then cool cookies on trays before transferring to wire racks.
  5. Eat and enjoy!!
Makes: 36 (I usually make 22-24 as I generally make mine them than the suggested size).

So there you have it: a really tasty and easy recipe that makes you think of autumn with every bite (it does with me, anyway!) If you're interested in more recipes, stay tuned as I'm planning to bake on at least one of my days off every week and I'm definitely going to share the results with you all.

'Til next time...

PS: I can only apologise for the lack of photos in this post. I was fully intending to take them as I went along, but forgot. I then decided to take a picture of the finished product but by the time I got round to it, they'd all been eaten!! At least I know the recipe works, I suppose!


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

    I just moved to New Zealand and I keep calling muesli granola since that's what we call it in the US, haha.

    These sound really good. I might have to try them! I do love muesli.

  2. No worries, I think it's fab and I always look forward to what you're going to post next :-) Tbh,I don't even really like muesli that much but I love these...suppose I am a bit biased tho! And I've always wondered what granola I have the answer! :-)