Melting Moments – Children’s Party Oat Biscuits

Things haven’t really changed much. For Julie and Lucie, a birthday party without Melting Moments isn’t complete. Who would have thought, as I discovered recently on Julie’s 18th?

Melting Moments Oat Biscuits

Of all the treats that have come out of this kitchen, Melting Moments, these little buttery oat biscuits, have somehow created that memory that’s rekindled each year round.

This was the very first recipe I made completely on my own when I was growing up in Scotland. It was from The Brownie Cookbook. I’ve no idea where it disappeared to, but I’d copied it down with Mum for my Brownie Badge and somehow it stayed as a family birthday favourite. I see there’s still a Brownie-Guide cookbook but I hate to think how old my edition must have been! I’ve just hit 50, so I’ve had a few melting moments recently too – especially with Julie turning 18!

Melting Moments easy oat cookies for birthdays

A last-minute 18th birthday party amongst her friends before the BAC exams hit recently, I offered to help Julie out with making pizza, macarons, and her favourite giant birthday éclairs with strawberries and elderflower cream (recipe is in Teatime in Paris!).

With bubbly it was a real adult party – until she realised we’d forgotten the Melting Moments! I was already melting in the kitchen with unusually high temperatures and the oven wasn’t helping.

Sure enough, Julie was checking out our splattered, tattered recipe sheet to get rolling her favourite little buttery biscuits in oats. Why is rolling the best part? Because, even at 18 they apparently love to get their palms sticky, rolling these dainties into little balls, flattening them quickly and pressing in cranberries or better still, glacé cherries.

Melting Moments oat cookies

Press in dried cranberries just before baking

I particularly adore the glacé cherries, as we buy them cheaply by the kilo in Provence, near my parents-in-law’s house in Saignon.  Did you know that Apt is the world capital of glacé fruits (candied fruits) and so every time we visit, I stock up on crystallised fruits from cherries, orange peel, to ginger.

Please ensure they’re good quality and sticky wet, as dried out ones at the back of the cupboard are just not the same!

Melting Moments

Even Papa wanted to put the cherries on top!

Melting Moments

This is an updated recipe from my original post published in 2011 – especially as, over the years, we don’t have an overly sweet tooth so we’ve lowered the sugar content again since. I was asked for this oat recipe by Hamlyns Oats of Scotland, who are kindly sharing this amongst their “Oat Cuisine Recipes” on their website in conjunction with the Perfect Porridge Giveaway.

Melting Moments

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Melting Moments
Melting Moments - Oat Biscuits
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Melt-in-the-mouth buttery oat biscuits, rolled in oats and topped with bits of glacé cherry - perfect for making with children and sharing with the adults.

Servings: 30 biscuits
Author: Jill Colonna
  • 100 g (3.5oz) butter softened
  • 55 g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 1 small organic egg (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • 100 g (3.5oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 50 g (2oz) fine oatmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • medium porridge oats for rolling
  • 4 glacé cherries or dried cranberries for decoration Cut into fine bits
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Stir in the flour, oatmeal, baking powder and mix well.

  2. Roll walnut size pieces of the mixture into balls, and roll each one in the oat flakes.
  3. Place them on baking trays covered in baking paper or on a silicone mat, flattening slightly each one with the finger, then place 1/4 glacé cherry on each (or any other candied fruit; candied orange peel is good, too.)

  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown then cool on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

I used to make this with egg, but as so little is added, I often omit it and the biscuits are just as good! Melting Moments can also be rolled in desiccated coconut.


Jill Colonna

Melting Moments

Have you made them yet? In 30 minutes, you’ll discover why they’re called melting moments.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the Perfect Porridge Giveaway NOW: there are THREE prizes, of which the winner of the first prize will receive a fabulous Perfect Porridge hamper of goodies from Hamlyns of Scotland!

Melting Moments Recipe

Have a delicious summer of melting moments and parties!

Have you made any of the recipes from le blog or fancy making this recipe for Melting Moments?  Please do leave a comment below – or take a picture and hashtag it #MadAboutMacarons, as I love seeing your creations on Instagram and Facebook.
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10 replies
  1. Shirley Moffat
    Shirley Moffat says:

    Jill I could not believe my eyes when I saw the plate of melting moments it took me back so many years – they remind me so much of mum – I am so delighted that Julie and Lucie like them too. Keep up the good work Jill!!

    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      They must be. I love watching their faces on their first bite, Christina. It obviously has turned into their Madeleine de Proust!

    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks, Mimi. They’re melt-in-the-mouth. I love watching my girls’ eyes when they bite into them – nostalgia on a plate!

  2. Liz
    Liz says:

    LOL, moms can have as many melting moments as toddlers or teens! These sound fabulous, but wish I had some candied cherries from Provence 🙂 Belated birthday wishes to Julie!! xo

    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      I’m sure you have some juicy, sticky candied cherries chez toi as well, Liz. Thanks for your kind wishes for Julie. She’s so relieved that the exams are finally over!

  3. Bea
    Bea says:

    Thanks Jill, I cant wait to make these later today! You know I’m for anything with I could get Hamlyns Oats of Scotland too. That would really make my day. Hopefully I will get to visit one day. My ancestors come from Iverness..I just found that out in 1640 I think it was..I’m so excited.

    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Wow! 1640? Bea, that must be incredible to find out your family history as far back so no wonder you’re excited. I’m just excited that you’ll be making these Melting Moments, lol!



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