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Fudgy Flapjacks

I must apologise upfront if you came here looking for pancakes!  I'm not talking about that kind of flapjack!  Here in the UK, on the Isle of Mann, in Ireland and yes, surprisingly . . .  Newfoundland, a flapjack is a oaty bar, baked in a flat tin in the oven and then cut into squares or rectangles. 

Typically it is made from four basic ingredients.  Oats, butter, golden syrup and sugar.  This results in a dryer version of a flapjack.  Today's version has the inclusion of sweetened condensed milk, which will give you a fudgier, less crumbly version.

Both are delicious.  Both are simple to make.  You can find my recipe for the regular ones here . . .  four perfect ingredients.

Flapjacks are quite sweet . . . but glorious.  I suppose this is why they are so enjoyed with a hot cup of tea or a cold glass of milk.  Children absolutely love them! 

No surprise there!

The addition of sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk) results in a chewier flapjack, not quite so dry as the other ones . . .  an attribute which I quite enjoy. 

I can remember the first time I saw a flapjack here in the UK.  I wasn't quite sure what to make of them.  I wasn't sure that I was actually going to like them  . . .

I was actually quite, quite surprised.  It was love at first bite!

This is the kind of treat I dreamt about all those years ago when I was devouring Enid Blyton books and wondering about Tuck Boxes  . . .

These are great keepers and perfect for the Tuck Box! 

They also freeze very well  . . .

Perfect for tucking into lunch boxes and picnic baskets  . . . .

Perfect for enjoying as a sneaky mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack  . . .

In short, pretty perfect no matter how you wish to enjoy them, and I guarantee you will enjoy them! 

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Fudgy Flapjacks

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins
Using condensed milk helps to create a dense fudgy flapjack.  Flapjacks are oaty bars here in the UK.  Perfect for enjoying with a hot cuppa or a cold glass of milk.


  • 125g butter (1/2 cup)
  • 100g golden syrup (generous 1/4 cup,  3.5 oz)
  • 90g  caster sugar (1/2 cup fine granulated sugar)
  • 280g porridge oats (3 1/2 cups)
  • half to a full tin  (397g) sweetened condensed milk (14 oz tin)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F gas mark 4.  Line an 8 inch square baking tin with greaseproof paper.  Set side
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring often.  Do not allow to boil.  Add the condensed milk and vanilla (1/2 of the tin).  Cook, stirring for a further 5 minutes until the mixture turns a shade darker.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the porridge oats.  You may need some extra oats, depending on whether your oats are  jumbo oats or not. You want a mixture which is well filled with oats, but not stiff.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin, smooth out and flatten in the tin.
  5. Bake for between 12 and 30  minutes, turning the pan around halfway through the bake time to help them bake evenly.  If they are browning too quickly or you are afraid they might burn, turn the oven temperature down  slightly. They are done when the edges are browning slightly, whilst the centre is just turning golden.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for 25 to 30 minutes before lifting out and cutting into squares.
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These were baked to enjoy with some yogurt for a teatime dessert.  I think you need to give them a go.  I think you will find that they are incredibly tasty and invariably moreish!  How's that for a tasty mouthful!  Todd just loves these.  

Marie Rayner
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  1. Oh my goodness must try these with chopped up pieces of ready to eat dried Apricots .....heavenly ! Now I,m going to have to make a batch ! lol ! :) x

    1. Sounds great Debs! I have made them before with toasted pecans and dried cranberries. So yummy! xoxo

  2. I have never had one:) Love your Flower Fairy tin:) I have one ..but we like these things:)!

    1. I love how we love the same things Monique! No surprise there! xoxo

  3. My very favorite thing I bought in England wasn't tea from Buckingham Palace or the Victoria ornament or a book from the British library series. It was a box of Thomas Fudge's flapjacks, which you told us about here. Oh, if these are close to as good, I won't have to keep searching them out online. Consider this one printed and ready to go!

    1. I hope these meet your expectations Jeanie! Oh the Thomas Fudges Flapjacks are soooo decadent. You could also dip a corner of these in milk or dark chocolate if you dared! xoxo

  4. Plan on making these very soon, but I have a query on the baking time. "Bake for between 12 and 30 minutes" That's a big jump between 12 and 30, so roughly 20 mins ?

    1. I guess what I am saying is start checking them at 12 minutes. They are done when the edges are turning brown and the centre golden. Some days it takes longer than 12 minutes for this to happen. I don't know why. :-(


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