A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit:

Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

I love these biscuits (cookies), they are a real blast from the past and I have fond memories of them from my childhood – making these oaty morsels with my grandmother and my mum. These are not to be confused with Leicestershire Bosworth jumbles, a traditional speciality biscuit from Leicestershire in England; the story goes that these biscuits originate from the battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III sustained several losses in 1485. First he dropped his crown, which was picked up by the Earl of Richmond, who that evening became Henry VII; then his cook mislaid the recipe for his favourite biscuits (known ever since as Bosworth Jumbles) and later in the day, as well all know, Richard lost his life. Whether that is true or not is unclear, but Bosworth Jumbles are VERY different from my rustic biscuits, and I am sharing an image of them below:

Bosworth Jumbles

Bosworth Jumbles: Photo – THE VINTAGE CAKE SPOT

My Jumbles biscuits may not have the regal history of Bosworth Jumbles, or the refined looks either  but they are quick and easy to whip up and are really delicious. They are a ONE PAN recipe, everything is made in the same saucepan, and then all that is needed are a couple of baking trays. I made mine with some Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract that was sent to me; I was actually sent a little hamper, as you can see from the photo above, as part of a cooking challenge, but these we biscuits are NOT part of that challenge, the recipes for the Nielsen-Massey recipe challenge will follow on later…….I LOVE Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract, it’s the best vanilla extract on the market, in my humble opinion, and the warm notes of vanilla definitely enhance these biscuits and marry so well with the chocolate chops and oats.

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

As these biscuits begin with the letter “J”, that means I can enter them into Caroline and Ros’s Alphabakes challenge too, as the letter of the month is “J”, perfect! This recipe is also a FABULOUS way to engage your children (or grandchildren) in the kitchen with baking; as long as they are supervised for the melting of the butter part the rest is just a simple act of adding ingredients and dolloping piles of mixture into baking trays. We have not always added chocolate chips to our recipe, my grandmother used to add oats and dried fruit, but I tweaked the recipe a we bit, and the family all love the addition of chocolate chips – but do add your own extras if you wish, coconut is also lovely in place of oats, especially with cherries. 

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

I made a batch of these yesterday as some friends came over, and we did indeed eat them with a cup of tea, but as you can see by the photos, I also sneaked an extra biscuit in this morning with a glass of milk, one of my favourite ways of dunking biscuits! I will leave you with the recipe, below, as I have to go now, it’s Christmas shopping for me this afternoon, and I hope I will manage to dodge the rain to get there, as Malton and Norton are heavily flooded, have a great day and see you later, Karen. 

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

A Cup of Tea and a Biscuit: Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies) Recipe

Jumbles (Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Biscuits/Cookies)

Serves 12 to 16
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
An easy recipe from my childhood, these biscuits are made in ONE saucepan for ease and are fabulous for the tea time table or the school/work lunch box. Suitable for children to make with correct supervision in the kitchen.


  • 125g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used Nielsen-Massey vanilla)
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g oats (I used jumbo porridge oats)
  • 50g chocolate chips


An easy recipe from my childhood, these biscuits are made in ONE saucepan for ease and are fabulous for the tea time table or the school/work lunch box. Suitable for children to make with correct supervision in the kitchen.


Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 190C/375F/Gas mark 5. Grease and/or line two baking trays.
Step 2 Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan and then take off the heat and add both the sugars, mix well before adding the rest of the ingredients, stirring them well.
Step 3 Using a large spoon, scoop the mixture into small mounds on the prepared baking trays, making sure they are set well apart as they spread during baking.
Step 4 Bake in pre-heated oven for 10 to 15 minutes until JUST golden brown and just firm, they firm up a lot on cooling.
Step 5 Allow them to cool for 2 minutes on the tray before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 6 Store in an airtight container for up to one week.


As these have chocolate in them and they are cookies (biscuits) I am also adding these to Choclette’s  We Should Cocoa, which is being guest hosted by Rebecca over at Bake n Quilt




  1. says

    These biscuits definitely look perfect for baking with children! They look fabulous…I’m not sure they’d last very long if I made some! I’ve never heard of jumbles before either…but now I feel educated! 😉

  2. says

    They look delicious!! Definitely one to have with a cup of tea – I’d love one now even though it’s near enough bedtime for me on the other side of the world. Thanks for entering these lovely delights to AlphaBakes – I’d not heard of jumbles previously – great use of J!

  3. says

    I love Nielsen-Massey extracts and have 3 flavors thanks to their being generous Plate to Page sponsors! And these cookies look the perfect treat!

    • says

      Thanks Jamie, I didn’t realise you were part of the sponsorship team, how wonderful…..as you can see, they sent me the vanilla, orange, lemon and coffee flavours and they will all be well used! Karen

  4. says

    Hope you dodged the rain and floods yesterday and had a successful day’s shopping. I love these sorts of oaty biscuits, so simple but so delicious. I had a go at making the other jumbles once, but can no longer remember what I thought of them. I certainly didn’t know about their history, so thank you for that.

    • says

      Malton and Norton made the news with the floods, and poor Whitby has been hammered with some cottages having to be demolished….:-( I am fine though thanks! I also made the other jumbles once, and like you, cannot remember how they tasted! Maybe time to make them again!

  5. says

    do you know what, your jumbles really look superb… they’re totally my kind of biscuit… all muddled together and crunchy but chewy… gorgeous!… plus lucky you to receive such a wonderful hamper full of Neilsen-Massey love… I love their products, beautiful tasting and stunning packaging too… a bit like you!

  6. says

    Oh, these biscuits sound wonderful. I should bookmark this for a quick go during the week, when I have the feeling I need some chocolate.

  7. Michelle Kinsey says

    My mouth is watering looking at these. Definately going to make these with my little boy, he’d love helping make these and I’d love helping him eat them, with a steaming cup of tea of course xx

  8. Tracy Nixon says

    This recipe sounds and looks delicious! I have loads of boxes of oats as my sister in law works for Quaker Oats and gets lots of free or discounted boxes! I love baking biscuits, especially oaty ones as they not only taste great and smell great whilst baking, but they are good for the heart and digestive system too!

  9. Maya Russell says

    They look good and the recipe is easy. I also need to do some baking with my girls before they go back to school. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Alan C says

    I love the look of these. They look very rustic and I like the idea of the oatmeal as it adds an extra texture

  11. Natasha Corder says

    I read lots of your recipes and it is becoming increasingly obvious that my family and I live in the wrong house! Squash up we’re moving in! Will definitely be trying these biscuits they look amazing and I love biscuits. will have to wander over to look at your new diet recipes soon!

  12. Sharon Griffin says

    i love these oat cookies as they are very similar to the ones my nan used to bake when i was little, always go so perfectly with a nice cuppa too

  13. Karen Shuttleworth says

    I’m always on the lookout for more things to make with oats, so will give these a go with my toddler (he won’t be melting the butter though!!) Thanks

  14. sarah pearce says

    off to the shops to get the ingredients for these scrummy looking bicuits,to make with the kids tomorrow.may end up having more than one with a cup of tea though,they look really nourish.

  15. Judith Allen says

    No small children to use as an excuse here, but they do look dangerously moreish. I like that they sound easy to adapt to personal taste too.

  16. Ellen Stafford says

    Yum! I think I might try this recipe out. I don’t feel I do enough home baking and these look lovely. Thanks for the recipe x

  17. Sheila Reeves says

    These biscuits look delicious – and easy too! Had not heard of Jumbles before, and now want to find out more about the Bosworth Jumbles too, especially after the news this week!


    I love the sound of these biscuits, they sound very yummy indeed. I work as a nanny so would like to make these with the little one over half term,she will love these!

  19. Catherine Gregory says

    Oh this recipe is perfect for me, I have been looking for an oat cookie recipe that didn’t have golden syrup in as not a fan and this is it!! Thank you

  20. Carrie Talbot-Ashby says

    I am so glad I followed to competition to your chocolatey treats! As my second eldest lad has cooking on friday, and its his choice to make the dessert, he is really looking forward to making these! We went through so many recipes first, but when I entered your comp, I saw these first and my lad said ‘Yep! Definately those!’
    I just hope he brings some home! :-/ xxx

  21. Fiona Matters says

    These look great. I’ll have to put them on the list of things to cook from this site. My long long list… Shared on twitter.

  22. Fiona Matters says

    I have to admit to having a huge soft spot for vanilla. Unfortunately I’ve just run out of my wonderful stuff that had seeds in it. I now have no idea where I got it from! Disaster. To google brave souls! Shared on twitter 😀

  23. Carol says

    Shared on Twitter :o)
    I definitely have to try this recipe… These biscuits sound so scrummy!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe! :o)

  24. Tracy Nixon says

    I love oaty biscuits – we always have porridge oats in so if it is wet outside, out come the oats and baking trays!

  25. Karen Painter says

    These look scrummy! I’m going to have a go at making these this afternoon – wish me luck!

  26. Jack Hillier says

    Im very excited to try this recipe, it looks very similar to one my mother developed. Unfortunately no one knows the recipe and my mother passed away a few years ago. Hoping to recreate the recipe as my daughter will never get to taste the biscuits that made my childhood (and my passion for baking!)

  27. Emma Sim says

    Oh my, I think i’ve found my heaven. These look absolutely gorgeous, I’m so going to have to try these babies!

  28. Maya Russell says

    What did I buy jumbo porridge oats for if not to make these? Will make them soon, promise. Tweeted as @maisietoo -https://twitter.com/maisietoo/status/325850680323620866

  29. Mich K Becker says

    I’m a sucker for these sorts of biscuits. The look “healthy” and I try and convince myself of the fact but deep down I know they’re not 😀

  30. Katie Matthews says

    Ahhh, been looking for an oaty recipe for some time for my children to make. These look absolutely gorgeous!

  31. Gilla01 says

    These look yummy. Have just printed the recipe out.

    Love easy, tasty recipes, especially ones like this with oats that are reasonably good for us.

  32. ursula hunt says

    Made these biscuits yesterday for my son coming home, we all throughly enjoyed them with a lovely cup of tea

  33. Tracy Nixon says

    With the kids off this week and the weather being so poor, I might give this cookie recipe a go!!! The kids love baking – just need to teach them how to clean up afterwards!

  34. ursula hunt says

    A cup of tea and a biscuit are consumed several times in our house, I sometimes think I am attached to the tea pot!

  35. Paul Wilson says

    You can see how popular this recipe is by the number of comments – everyone loves a cup of tea and a nice biscuit.

  36. says

    Yum! I love oatmeal cookies of all types and I also like cookies at breakfast. How nice that these are a one pan recipe too. Thanks for entering We Should Cocoa this month.

  37. says

    I do love a good oaty biscuit Karen and your jumbles fit the bill perfectly. I’m glad you cleared up the Jumble confusion. I’d always thought they were meant to be in an S shape and now I know that is only the Bosworth Jumbles 😉 Thanks for entering yours into We Should Cocoa.

  38. Amelia Makes says

    These look delicious – theres nothing nicer than sitting down with a cup of tea and some homemade biscuits once the kids are ushered out to school on a morning!


    Think I will be making these this week – was going to do plain chocolate cookies but I think by adding the oats I wouldn’t feel too bad about eating them!


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