The staff room at work always has a tin full of biscuits for us hungry teachers to grab whilst rushing between classes. Although it's a convenient snack, they're packet ones and are so sugary that by my third class I'm gasping for water. If I am going to have some biscuits, I would rather make them and although these ones aren't the healthiest, they're made from scratch and I know exactly what has gone into them! Delicious served warm and dunked into a cold glass of milk!


130g butter, softened
90g raw sugar
60g rice syrup
1 egg
160g self raising flour
100g rolled oats
finely grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp each of ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground mixed spice

1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and rice syrup until light and pale. 
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until all combined. Leave to firm slightly in fridge for 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 170C. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, place on lined biscuit tray and flatten slightly.
4. Bake until just golden (15 minutes) and serve warm.