Mary Berry Baking Bible

Mary Berry’s melting moments

I decided to do some baking yesterday. I know, not like me but I just felt the need to make something sweet! I didn’t have a lot of sweet ingredients in so I headed straight for Mary Berry’s Baking Bible in the hopes that I could find something simple that I had the right stuff to make. This book is a beast, with over250 recipes so I quickly landed on something I could make. A traditional biscuit recipe known as melting moments.

If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m usually a savoury toothed kind of girl but very occasionally I want a sweet treat and everyone knows that Mary Berry is the queen of all things sweet and lovely!

melting moments recipe


  • 225g (8oz) softened butter
  • 175g (6oz) golden caster sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • A few drops vanilla essence
  • 275g (10oz) self-raising flour
  • 50g (2oz) porridge oats
  • 12 red or natural glacier cherries.


  • Preheat the oven to 190C/Fan 170C/ Gas mark 5. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  • Measure the butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract and flour into a mixing bowl and beat together to form a soft dough.
  • Divide the mixture into about 36 portions. Form each piece into a ball and roll in the oats to cover. Flatten each ball slightly and top each with a quartered glace cherry, if you like. Place onto the baking trays.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden. Allow your melting moments to cool a little on the trays before lifting onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

The verdict:

Melting moments taste slightly like a hob knob – or at least, mine did! They were very crumbly and buttery in texture. To be honest, they didn’t taste of much more than sugar and vanilla but, given the simple list of ingredients, that’s not surprising. And I’m not saying they weren’t tasty. They were. They were also  quick and easy to make for a non baker like me and nice to eat with a cuppa. For that alone, this melting moments recipe is worth re-making.  If you still have a sweet tooth craving, try her key lime pie recipe too.

Mary Berry's melting moments

9 Replies to “Mary Berry’s melting moments”

  1. ahhh… they're so adorable aren't they? It's so lovely to have a random recipes virgin turn up now and again, I love extending the family far and wide and you'd played along so beautifully… round up will be on the blog at the end of the month xx

  2. These are beautiful with their cherry centers! I don't think you can go wrong with Mary Berry. That woman knows her sweet stuff! I loved that you called them Hobnob-esque because I happen to love Hobnobs.

  3. These are making me very nostalgic – they look delicious and just like the ones we used to have when I was a kid. Funny thing is, I can't remember what they tasted like. Maybe they didn't taste of very much as you say.

  4. Hi everyone, thankyou for all your comments! Yes, these biscuits are quite old fashioned really. Although they dont taste of much, they're still quite sweet and very easy to make. Actually, great for kids thinking about it which echos your comments! 🙂

  5. I used to bake these with my mother when I was a child and this recipe is the best and easiest by far. I lost my original recipe and have tried many over the years, they all disappointed with this recipe being the exception. Totally delicious mouth watering treat for any occasion. I don’t need an excuse to make these, I’ve been known to get a fancy for them late in the evening and have managed to knock out a batch in no time at all!!

  6. My grandchildren love making these all year round, they even change the recipe, added grated orange ,instead off oats they have used honey nut cornflakes, and instead of cherries they replaced with smarties or buttons they love them

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