Donna Hay rum & raisin Christmas cookies

19 Dec


These are the cookies Santa is waiting for each Christmas Eve as he frantically makes his journey across the planet on his sleigh.

Rich, chunky, chocolatey and with a hint of rum they will give Mr Claus a much needed energy fix to help him keep on keeping on. The oats will help his cholesterol levels after all those other treats he has snacked on during his journey and the rum will soothe his weary bones.

The recipe is courtesy of Donna Hay and is easy to make during the day on Christmas Eve. If Santa doesn’t polish of the lot they will be a welcome addition to your Christmas table, or even as a sweet-hit on Boxing Day.

I tweaked this recipe a fair bit: I halved Donna’s suggested amounts of raisins and brown sugar. I used spiced dark rum to add another element, and also mixed spice to give that Christmassy feeling. Miss7 had demolished all the rolled oats (also known as old-fashioned or steel-cut oats) so I used instant oats. I also reduced the flour by half a cup, and used dark choc chips rather than the choc chucks suggested by Ms Hay.



¼ cup dark rum

1 cup raisins

125g butter, softened and diced

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 1/4 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

¼ cup milk

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup dark chocolate chunks



Preheat oven to 180ºC and line two baking trays with non-stick paper.

Place the rum and raisins in a small saucepan over low heat and simmer until the raisins have absorbed the rum. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

Place sugar, vanilla, cocoa, flour, baking powder, egg and milk in bowl of food processor and blitz until a soft dough forms.

Tip into a large bowl and stir in oats, chocolate and raisins.

Using your hands, mould 2 tablespoons of cookie mixture into a flat round. Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, leaving room to spread. Repeat with remaining mixture. Bake for 15–18 minutes, cool on wire racks.


24 Responses to “Donna Hay rum & raisin Christmas cookies”

  1. Joanne T Ferguson December 19, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    G’day These look delish and wish I could have one, okay two, but three would be my limit!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • thehungrymum December 20, 2014 at 6:10 am #

      Yeah, I reckon after three you wouldn’t be able to drive 🙂

  2. cheergerm December 19, 2014 at 3:51 am #

    Santa will be well chuffed with these delish bikkies!

    • thehungrymum December 20, 2014 at 6:10 am #

      I hope so – he certainly will have earned a few by Xmas Eve 🙂

  3. Fourth Generation Farmgirl December 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    These cookies sound delicious!

  4. Liz December 20, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    These look positively wicked! Yum Yum 🙂

    • thehungrymum December 20, 2014 at 6:09 am #

      ta Liz – they aren’t for the faint-hearted 🙂

  5. Lilly Sue December 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Yum! These look fun!

    • thehungrymum December 30, 2014 at 1:32 am #

      anything with rum is fun as far as I\m concerned 🙂

  6. carla @ eat sweet. by carla sue January 9, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    Oh yum, these look amazing! I love, love, love rum and raisin icecream, so I can’t wait to try them in cookie form. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Frugal Hausfrau January 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Rum Raisin is one of my favorite flavors of ice-cream, although I’m not sure if I’ve seen it in our stores for some time. Haagan-Daz used to make one. I’ll have to try these cookies – your Donna Hayes sounds like a food genius/maven, and your changes sound great, too! I bet Santa didn’t leave any of his behind!

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 8:58 am #

      Now that you mention it, I haven’t seen rum and raisin ice-cream at the shops for yonks, either. Donna Hay is my hero – I want to be her when I grow up 😉

  8. thefolia January 11, 2015 at 1:22 am #

    You most certainly can’t go wrong with rum in a recipe. Happy Nesting.

    • thehungrymum January 11, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      thanks, I agree 🙂 Hope 2015 is great!

  9. The Hungry Mum December 3, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  10. Freda @ Aromatic essence December 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    These look so yummy!

    • The Hungry Mum December 5, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      thanks so much – they are perfect for the festive season.

  11. missemzyy December 3, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

    Delicious! Love the flavour combination!

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 6, 2015 at 3:38 am #

    We make Santa cookies every year. And by Santa I mean me to eat 😛 These look great!

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