Skip to Content

Old Fashioned Oatcakes…sort of.

Old Fashioned Oatcakes. Perfect for quick breakfasts or packed lunches, these old fashioned oatcakes can be made plain or with lightly spiced flavour.

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

I’ve received a couple of recent requests for a good old fashioned oatcakes recipe and although I’d made them before I have to say I wasn’t a big fan. I do love oatmeal though but the oatcakes I’d tried before were a little plain and boring without a lot of flavour.

So, I set out to make some that I would actually eat and enjoy.

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

Original 2012 image

Some very old recipes I’ve seen use lard or shortening, very little sugar, no spices and plain water to bring the dough together; no wonder they were so boring. Simple frugal ingredients that were always on hand made many a sustaining oatcake over the years though, I’m sure.

In this recipe, I’ve used butter and part brown sugar for extra flavour, a touch of spice to compliment the oats and evaporated milk to bring the dough together and to add a little richness. The result: finally, an oatcake to actually crave.

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

Ready for the oven.

The texture is still quite dense and satisfying and even one with a morning cuppa would make an adequately substantial breakfast. They are the perfect, grab and go breakfast too. You oatcake purists can omit the spices for plain oatcakes if you prefer.


If you like this recipe then be sure to check out our brand new version which add raisins and pecans. For me they are even more addictive than this old standby recipe.

Pecan Raisin Oatcakes, a delicious solution to breakfast on the go with the wholesome goodness of oats. Perfect for an afternoon coffee break and for packed lunches too.

Looking for more breakfast and brunch inspiration?

We’ve put together a collection of our Top 25 Fan Favourite Muffin Recipes. You may be surprised to see which delicious, wholesome muffin hit the #1 spot!

Best Muffin Recipes photo collage with title text for Pinterest

Like this Old Fashioned Oatcakes recipe?

Find many other great baking for breakfast ideas in our Breakfast and Brunch Category and over 200 Cookie Recipes too.

It’s easy to keep up with the latest home style cooking & baking ideas from Rock Recipes. Be sure to follow Rock Recipes Facebook Page and follow us on InstagramPlus you’ll see daily recipe suggestions from decadent desserts to quick delicious weekday meals too. 

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

You can also sign up for our FREE newsletter to know immediately when we add new recipes. You’ll also get weekly suggestions for great family friendly  meals and desserts too!

Rock Recipes a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Our product recommendations are almost exclusively for those we currently use or have used in the past.

Originally published October 2012.

Old Fashioned Oatcakes
Yield: 8 large oatcakes

Old Fashioned Oatcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Old Fashioned Oatcakes…sort of. Perfect for quick breakfasts or packed lunches, these old fashioned oatcakes can be made plain or with lightly spiced flavour.


  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup cold butter, , cubed
  • 1½ cups large rolled oats
  • ½ cup undiluted evaporated milk, (not condensed milk)


  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, brown sugar and salt.
  2. Rub in the butter with your hands (or pulse in using a food processor)
  3. Toss in the rolled oats.
  4. Add the milk and toss together with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.
  5.  Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board to a ½ inch thickness and cut out the oatcakes with a 3 inch biscuit cutter or an inverted drinking glass.
  6. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18- 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. These will keep for several days when stored in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

Did you like this recipe?

Do you love our "Real food recipes for real people'? Share the recipe on Facebook to let your friends know about us. They'll thank you for it.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Wendy Gerlock

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Best oatcakes were made withe drippings from bacon, never tasted any that were better than my mom's, but will try these. W.endy


Thursday 8th of August 2019

I made these, some with pecans, some without, and dipped half of each in chocolate. They froze well. A neighbour dropped by as they were cooling and became my taste tester. She raved about them , took some home, and kept asking when I was baking more. These are truly delicious and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe.

Carol Murdock

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

Could you possibly use quick oats in this recipe?

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 3rd of May 2019

You may find them a little drier but you can try it.


Sunday 10th of February 2019

I made these this morning and they were fantastic. They were light and moist and the spices were just right. Thank you for another lovely recipe.

Deb Howie

Friday 4th of January 2019

Wondering about having a filling with dates. Had them in Moncton bc a few years back and were scrumptious. Guess you would slice and fill after baking?

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 6th of January 2019

Do you mean date turnovers? I love those but this recipe is drier than the ones I've had.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!