Hokey Pokey Biscuits

7 Dec

Hokey Pokey Biscuits were a staple of many a kiwi child’s lunchbox back in the day. They are a plain but rather good biscuit/cookie and one of the first things I learned to bake. I guess to the rest of the world they are known as vanilla cookies??? I have no idea! Our original recipe came from the “The Edmonds Cookbook” which is a kiwi institution in and of itself. All the good biscuits of my childhood came from there…Afghans, Gingernuts (my fave!), Sante biscuits and of course Anzac biscuits. Maybe I need to start a biscuit section to my blog!! The golden syrup/soda combo is what makes the “hokey pokey” part of these biscuits – you can substitute light corn syrup or honey thought it won’t be quite the same. I can’t imagine a world without golden syrup!!

Hokey Pokey Biscuits

  • 125 g butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 T golden syrup
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 and a 1/2 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 degrees farenheit). Put butter, sugar, golden syrup and milk in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, melt together until butter is melted and mixture is almost at boiling point. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Sift flour and baking soda together and stir into cooled mixture. Roll tablespoon sized lumps of the dough into balls and place on baking tray. Squish slightly (not completely flat, they will spread). For that essential 70s feel, use the tines of a fork to squash the dough – the fork marks add that nice retro touch. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until light golden brown. Cook on a baking rack and enjoy with a nice cup of English Afternoon tea!

Please mosey on over to Dorothy’s blog to see her holiday recipe!


3 Responses to “Hokey Pokey Biscuits”

  1. Daphne December 7, 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    For those of us who have no idea what golden syrup is please tell us!!! Where does it come from or what is it made from? Your recipe sounds delicious! I’m wondering if we could use maple syrup here in the states/canada??


  2. Chrissi December 7, 2007 at 5:24 pm #

    🙂 I was thinking the same thing! These look YUMMY!! hmmm…wondering if Wegman’s will carry golden syrup in their international section??? Must look for this weekend. I googled it and I think corn syrup is the closest thing, with molasses being too strong. (???) Must go looking for golden syrup and add this to my Collection O’ Recipes! Thanks Melissa so glad you joined the Recipe Roundup!!

  3. katrina October 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Must comment on reading this…

    No no no definitely not corn syrup or molasses!!! I’m a kiwi living in USA and have found golden syrup at stores like World Market, Pricecutter Plus has it… I think Wegmans has it also. There is nothing else like it so you can’t substitute it.

    If nothing else you can buy it on Amazon or in New Zealand stores in USA stocking kiwi foods. The best brand is Lyles which is actually english.

    Hope you find it!

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