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Outlander Book Club Questions and Recipe - Oatcakes!

Outlander Oatcakes

This simple, but delicious recipe is a mix between a cookie and a pastry. They reminded me of home somehow and I understood why Diana Gabaldon included them in the scene where Jamie returns home. If you're looking for food ideas for Outlander, look no further!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 8
Calories 450 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • ½ cup water


  • Stir flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  • Cut butter into small pieces and use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix the butter into the dry mixture.
  • Next, add in water until the mixture is wet enough to form a ball.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. (This dough is very sticky and refrigeration helps to make it more manageable.)
  • On a floured surface roll the dough to 1/4” thickness (flour on the rolling pin helps as well).
  • Cut into circles using a cookie cutter or a drinking glass.
  • Bake on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm (if possible) with your favorite preserves or soft cheese.


These were so good, I made them twice in one week!
We used a mixed berry preserve on top. My 3 year old loved them and he’s a picky eater. You can also serve with cheese if you prefer a more savory option. The cakes are slightly sweet themselves.
Serve with Scotch Whisky in crystal glasses for an enlivened discussion! (Which reminds me of a great video of Diana Gabaldon speaking about her writing process.)
Keyword Breakfast, Cookie, Dessert