Easy Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs Recipe

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If you want sensationally chunky, chocolate dipped, gloriously golden, oaty pieces of heaven, this chocolate hobnobs recipe is for you! Just like my choc chip oat cookies, these are really easy to make and super moreish. I guarantee this hobnobs recipe is one you’ll be making again and again. Read on for the easy step by step picture recipe, helpful tips and more…

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

Chocolate Hobnobs are an ultimate biscuit favourite aren’t they? With a sweet oaty base that’s crunchy and crumbly and a silky coating of beautiful milk chocolate on top, what’s not to love?!

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

It’s definitely one of my personal all time favourites that’s for sure. Oaty biscuits are always so satisfying anyway, but with chocolate on the top? Hells bells I’m ON IT!

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

Never tried a Chocolate Hobnob before? Firstly, where on earth have you been?! And secondly, this incredibly quick & easy recipe will have you joining the Chocolate HobNobs addiction club in no time. I promise!

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

Why is this chocolate hobnobs recipe so good? Well, I take mine to the next level. I know, like that’s even possible right? Well it is! How you ask? I throw chocolate chunks into the biscuit dough to make them even more incredible. It’s completely optional of course but it really does make them sooooo good!

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

What is a Chocolate Hobnob?

A chocolate hobnob is a crunchy, crumbly round oat biscuit that’s topped with a layer of milk chocolate. It’s kind of like a cross between a biscuit and a flapjack, teamed up with chocolate. It’s a British born biscuit that was actually released into the world the same year I was born, 1987! What a great year haha!

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

How do you make Chocolate Hobnobs?

It really couldn’t be more simple.

  1. Melt butter and golden syrup together and allow to cool.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, oats, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and add the chocolate chunks (if using).
  3. Mix in the butter mixture until it forms a dough.
  4. Roll into balls, space out on a baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  5. Bake then cool completely.
  6. Dip in melted milk chocolate and allow to set.

 

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

Chocolate Hobnobs recipe ingredients

  • Butter – Use unsalted butter for complete control over the flavour. 
  • Golden Syrup – This is a really key ingredient for both flavour and texture but I realise it’s not available everywhere in the world. Corn syrup is a good alternative if you can’t get it.
  • Flour – Self raising flour is best but if you don’t have any, you can use 125g of plain flour and 1.5 tsp of baking powder instead.
  • Sugar – Light brown soft sugar is best overall for hobnobs. If you switch to caster sugar they will spread more when baking and become a darker golden colour.
  • Salt – When teamed up with unsalted butter, adding salt gives the best control of the overall flavour.
  • Oats – Real hobnobs use a combination of jumbo oats and rolled oats. Either will work great on their own though.
  • Bicarbonate of Soda – Essential for a little oomph. Don’t switch this out for baking powder as they do different things.
  • Chocolate – It has to be milk chocolate for me here as it’s more authentic. You can switch it out for dark if you prefer though.

 

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

Chocolate Hobnobs recipe tips

Never tried to make chocolate hobnobs before? Here’s a few pointers to help you out.

  • Does your oven have hot spots? During baking, rotate the your tray once to get an even bake.
  • Don’t have chocolate to cut into chunks? You can use chocolate chips instead.
  • Hobnobs purist? Leave out the chocolate chunks (or chips) and use a 40/60 combo of jumbo oats and rolled oats.
  • Don’t have any self raising flour? Use 125g of plain flour and 1.5 tsp of baking powder instead.
  • Allow your hobnobs to cool completely before coating in chocolate or it will struggle to set and get vey messy!
  • Store your chocolate hobnobs in a metal tin at room temperature to keep their crunch for longer.

 

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

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Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs Recipe

Here is what you will need to make 16 biscuits.

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

  • 125g (1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp) Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 125g (1 Cup) Self Raising Flour
  • 125g (1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp) Light Brown Soft Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 125g (1 + 1/4 Cups) Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100g (3.5 oz) Milk Chocolate, cut into chunks (Optional)
  • 150g (5.3 oz) Milk Chocolate, for dipping

 

Essential Equipment

  • Small Saucepan or Small Microwavable Bowl
  • Large Bowl
  • Large Baking Tray
  • Cooling Rack
  • Microwavable Bowl or Glass Bowl and Small Saucepan

 

Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C/356°F.

In a small saucepan over a low-medium heat (or in bowl in 10 second intervals in the microwave) melt together the butter (125g | 1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp) and golden syrup (1 tbsp) then set aside to cool.

Next, in a large bowl, mix together the flour (125g | 1 Cup), brown sugar (125g | 1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp), salt (pinch), oats (125g | 1 + 1/4 Cups) and bicarbonate of soda (1/2 tsp).

flour, sugar, oats, salt and bicarbonate of soda in the bowl of a stand mixer

Then, if you are using them, add in the chocolate chunks (100g | 3.5 oz) and mix briefly to distribute.

flour, sugar, oats, salt, bicarbonate of soda and chocolate chips in the bowl of a stand mixer

Now, pour in the cooled butter and mix until everything is evenly blended and it all comes together nicely to form a crumbly dough.

chocolate hobnobs dough in the bowl of a stand mixer

Next, divide the mixture into 16 equal pieces and roll into balls.

Chocolate hobnobs cookie dough balls on a chopping board

Flatten them slightly and space them out onto a large baking sheet. Make sure you allow room between each onr for spreading though. (You may need to cook them in batches.)

I lined mine with a silicone baking mat. It doesn’t really need lining though, I tend to just do it out of habit.

Chocolate hobnobs cookie dough balls on a lined baking tray

Then bake your hobnobs in the centre of the preheated oven for 14-16mins until golden brown. You may wish to turn your tray round half way through to get an even bake if your oven has hot spots.

Baked chocolate hobnobs on a lined baking tray

Allow your hobnobs to sit on the tray for a couple of minutes to firm up then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

How To Coat Chocolate Hobnobs in Chocolate

When the biscuits are cooled, melt the milk chocolate (150g | 5.3 oz) in one of the following two ways.

  1. In a bowl in the microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring really well after each time. When it’s two thirds melted, stir until completely melted.
  2. In a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. When it’s two thirds melted, remove from the heat and stir until completely melted.

 

The next part is entirely up to you. You can ‘paint’ the chocolate onto the top of each biscuit with a teaspoon/sillicone brush or, like me, you can just dunk one half straight into the chocolate.

Whatever you choose, once coated – place them onto a wire rack over a piece of newspaper to set at room temperature.

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

To keep these little beauties nice and crunchy, store in a metal tin at room temperature and consume within 5-7 days.

Chocolate hobnobs on a cooling rack set over newspaper dipped in chocolate

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs Recipe

Easy Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes

If you want sensationally chunky, chocolate dipped, gloriously golden, oaty pieces of heaven, this chocolate hobnobs recipe is for you! 

Ingredients

  • 125g (1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp) Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 125g (1 Cup) Self Raising Flour
  • 125g (1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp) Light Brown Soft Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 125g (1 + 1/4 Cups) Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100g (3.5 oz) Milk Chocolate, cut into chunks (Optional)
  • 150g (5.3 oz) Milk Chocolate, for dipping

Essential Equipment

  • Small Microwavable Bowl
  • Large Bowl
  • Large Baking Tray
  • Cooling Rack
  • Microwavable Bowl

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C/356°F
  2. In a small bowl, melt the butter and golden syrup together in the microwave in 10 second intervals. Set aside to cool.
  3. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, oats and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.
  4. Add the chocolate chunks (if using) and mix briefly.
  5. Pour the butter into the flour and mix until it forms a crumbly dough.
  6. Roll the dough into 16 equally sized balls.
  7. Space out evenly on a large baking sheet (allow room for spreading) and flatten slightly.
  8. Bake for 14-16 minutes until golden brown, allow to firm up on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

How to Coat Hobnobs in Chocolate

  1. Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl in 10 second intervals. Stir really well between each time.
  2. Once the chocolate is two thirds melted, don't heat anymore - just stir until it's completely melted.
  3. Set a cooling rack over a sheet of newspaper.
  4. Dip each hobnob biscuit halfway into the melted chocolate, gently shake off any excess then place onto your cooling rack. Allow to set at room temperature.

Notes

Store in an airtight metal container at room temperature to keep their crunch for longer. Consume within 5-7 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 231Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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16 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Chocolate Hobnobs Recipe”

  1. Noreen says:

    Hobnobs are new to me, but chocolate isn’t! haha I’ll be trying these soon.

    1. Emma says:

      Hi Noreen. Hobnobs are AMAZING! You’re gonna love them I promise 🙂 Emma x

  2. Robyn says:

    Great recipe! Chocolate HobNobs are a family favourite and not always easy to find here. I searched various websites and food blogs before deciding to try your recipe. I simply covered the top of each biscuit with the melted milk chocolate. I’ve now made it a number of times and passed it on to friends who loved the biscuits too. I do cook from my iPad sometimes but like a paper copy. I cut and pasted from your instructions to create a Word file of one page. Many thanks!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      That’s lovely, thank you so much for your comment! I’m currently working on a website overhaul which will hopefully make printing much easier in the future x

  3. Diane says:

    I’m an American so I have to find conversation charts since we seem to have to use different systems for measuring and temperature than everyone else, but I can’t wait to try these. From the moment I heard about hobnobs I started searching for a recipe

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Yes they’re one of the best British biscuits (or ‘cookies’ to you) that’s for sure! I feel for you with the conversions, I’m always converting American recipes into UK! Usually worth the effort though 🙂

  4. rob says:

    print-friendly version please. this just wasted 7 sheets of paper,comments and all

    1. Noted! I’ll look into how to sort that. Thanks Rob x

  5. sheriens says:

    Lovely recipe!!!!!

  6. These look delicious, I’m always on the look out for new treats to bake for the office so will definitely be giving these a go!

    Chloe x

    1. Aww thanks Chloe that’s very sweet of you to say! X

  7. Oh these look too good :*

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