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4 Ingredients + 10 Minutes = Cookies!


Here’s a recipe from the vault! My mum used to make these cookies ALL the time. Except that growing up in Australia we called them biscuits.  Just like the pretty picture says, they have four ingredients and they only take 10 minutes to bake. It doesn’t get any easier than that! They are deliciously sugary, chewy and soft…. although they can be crunchy if you cook them a few minutes longer. I prefer mine underdone – just light blonde and meltingly soft :) These are super easy to cook with kids too!

This recipe comes straight from Mum’s cookbook. Yes, the same one where I get my Best Ever Chocolate Cake recipe from. There is plenty more gold from within those pages, but today, let’s enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit. Or a cookie, if you prefer.

I’m going to let Mum do the talking now. Here’s the recipe:

I have often wondered how they’d turn out if I pimped them out a little. Perhaps with some chocolate chips? I just can’t mess with the original though. I can’t bring myself to do it!

Do you like looking through your mum’s recipe books? What’s the best thing EVER that mum used to make for you?


  1. Let me know if you need a taste tester. Biscuits are my weakness. Especially home made ones! mmm
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  2. They would be great with choc chips! I know because these are the same ingredients in my choc chip cookies: http://sweetravioli.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/chocolate-chip-cookies/ So easy to make!
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  3. Unbelievable – only 4 ingredients and only 10 minutes!? It’s like the 5 minute cake in a cup recipe!!! Gold! Thanks for sharing this Kylie.
    Ronnie xo
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  4. These have also become one of my family’s all-time favourite for a quick sugar fix. Sooo good and sooo evil! You can never stop at just one.

  5. This is now going in my recipe volt to. Thanks so much for sharing :-)
    Well, thank your mum for me lol.
    I like to play around with recipes to, so I would be trying them with all sorts of things knowing me. Especially being so quick and easy to make. If they don’t turn out then no biggy right :-)
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  6. I just made these and YUM!!! So easy and sooo good, unfortunately for me I will be making these again and again…. lol

  7. I’m going to write this one into my recipe book and one day it may be yellowing and faded and a life-saver for an unexpected playdate for my own children!? Thanks Kylie’s Mum! x
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    • I love the old cookbook, it’s falling to pieces, so well used and loved. I have taken photos of all my favourite recipes, but it’s not quite the same as the real thing.

  8. Oooh! I’m going to try these with almond flakes, I have some needing to be used and no bickies in the barrel :)
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  9. I made these as a special lunchbox treat for my little boy, he loved them! I also dipped the biscuits in 100s & 1000s / sprinkles before cooking so they came out all lovely and colourful.

    • The hundreds and thousands is such a cute idea – Pebble would love that. Definitely trying that one. My SIL tells me that these biscuits work perfectly with chocolate chips and turn out just like subway cookies. Oh dear…

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  13. when i did it they didnt bake at all i left them in for 20 min to. :(
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  15. Hi,
    I linked to this recipe of yours in my blog, I hope that’s o.k. for you?!
    I simply love the idea of just a few ingredients.

    Kind regards,
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  16. My mother left all her recipe books when she left my father. She forgot the recipes she thought she’d always remember and now she has passed away as well. I really appreciate everyone who posts “old” recipes. They are real, not like the stuff being printed today. I’m slowly gathering what looks like a proper recipe and placing them in a binder to test when I can. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, I’m sorry that your mum doesn’t have her recipes any more :( I’m so glad that you enjoy this one. I must dig out a few more from my mum’s collection to try on the blog :)

  17. I baked these cookies with a twist I added coconut and frozen raspberries just a handful then when cooled drizzled white chocolate! They tasted amazing hubby and bub enjoyed them very much x

  18. This has inspired me to start my own cook book! I’ve gotten out my mum’s and written down some of my favourites. I love choc chip bikkies so will try these with some chocolate. So happy I found your site! Good Aussie recipes :D

  19. sorry if this seems rude but is it self raising flour? this receipes seems amazing i dont want to mess it up!

  20. These are really delicious. I baked them for a school fundraiser bake and all the teachers and pupils loved them! I also added smarties which was a great addition. Try it! Only thing is that the title is slightly misleading. It takes longer than 10 minutes to prepare the mixture.

    If anyone knows how I can upload a photo I can show you what they looked like.

  21. Hi! These look delicious and the recipe seems very easy! I just had one question, do you have to pre heat the oven at all?

  22. How many cookies does mums recipe make?

  23. What’s the 5 minute cake in a cup that use were on about would love to try and tnbanks cookies worked great the kids love them

  24. I just made these and they ARE AMAZING i wrote down this recipe and im using it again

  25. these biscuits were very nice, thanks

  26. Mine didn’t turn out anything like picture!
    Not sure what went wrong. .

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