Hokey Pokey Biscuits

Hokey Pokey Biscuits: Tasty biscuits for Easter. Image: Asande Mpila

Hokey Pokey Biscuits: Sweet Easter teatime delights

Enjoy a slight appetising fizz on your tongue when you take a bite of these crispy hokey pokey biscuits. This is a must-try recipe.

Hokey Pokey Biscuits

Hokey Pokey Biscuits: Tasty biscuits for Easter. Image: Asande Mpila

Add some mouth-watering sweetness to your Easter weekend with these hokey pokey biscuits. These tasty bites remind one of hokey pokey flavoured ice cream which is so popular in Nieu-Zealand. Basically, hokey pokey ice cream is vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee.

Melting the butter, sugar and golden syrup together until almost boiling results in a delicious caramel-like flavour. This adds a delicate flavour to these cookies. The best part is that it does not even take 30 minutes to whip together these cookies.

The origin of hokey pokey biscuits

These delightful biscuits got their flavour from the hokey pokey ice cream which is the second most popular ice cream flavour, after vanilla, in Nieu-Zeeland. The origin of this term with regards to honeycomb flavour is not known with certainty.  

Interestingly, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, “hokey pokey” was a slang term for ice cream in New York and parts of Great Britain. The street ice cream vendors were oftentimes referred to as “hokey pokey men”. Many of the ice cream street vendors were of Italian descent and it is rumoured that they used a song involving the phrase “hokey pokey”.

​So, these tasty cookies got their delicious flavour from ice cream sharing the same name. One bite of these crispy biscuits and you will enjoy a slight fizz on your tongue thanks to the baking soda and golden syrup.

Hokey Pokey Biscuits recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Asande Mpila Course: SnacksCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter

  • 125 ml sugar

  • 15 ml golden syrup

  • 5 ml bicarbonate soda

  • 15 ml milk

  • 435ml cake flour

Method

  • Place butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan large enough to mix all the ingredients.
  • Heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and the mixture is close to boiling.
  • Allow cooling slightly, dissolve bicarbonate in milk and add to cooled mixture with sifted flour and mix well.
  • Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on lightly greased oven trays.
  • Flatten with a fork.
  • Bake 180°C for 20 minutes or until golden.

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