Reminiscent of the good old Digestives, these biscuits easily swing between savoury and sweet. Serve them with blue cheese or dip them in dark chocolate to give them the flavour preference you prefer.






Skill level

Average: 4.1 (6 votes)


  • 150 g wholemeal plain flour
  • 130 g (1 cup) oat bran
  • 75 g (⅓ cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 125 g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) milk

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two oven trays with non-stick baking paper.

Put the flour, oat bran, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the mixture with the milk and use the pulse button to process until the mixture starts to come together as a dough. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and bring it together with your hands.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out until about 5 mm thick. Use a 6 cm round cutter to cut the dough into discs and place them on the lined trays about 3 cm apart. Prick the tops of each biscuit twice with a fork. Reroll any off cuts and cut out more biscuits.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden around the edges, aromatic and cooked through. Cool on the trays.


Baker's tip
• These cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


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Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Trish Heagerty. Food preparation by Wendy Quisumbing.


This recipe is from our online column, Bakeproof: Cookies in a hurry.