Sultana cookies recipe

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These moreish sultana cookies are chewy and moist. An excellent teatime snack, they only take 20 minutes to make!

sultana cookies
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  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories66 Kcal3%
Sugar7.0 g8%
Fat2.1 g3%
Saturated Fat0.4 g2%
Salt0.06 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein0.9 g2%
Carbohydrates11.4 g4%
Salt0.06 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Sultana cookies are the perfect afternoon treat and are quick and easy to make with kids 

If you love our easy chocolate chip cookies but are looking for something lighter and still tasty, these lightly spiced sultana cookies are perfect. Using store cupboard ingredients, you’ll be able to make 30 cookies in just 20 minutes.


  • 85g spread softened, such as Pure
  • 75g white sugar
  • 85g light brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 75g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 110g rolled oats
  • 75g sultanas




  1. Heat oven to 190C (170C fan, Gas 5). In a large bowl, cream together the spread and sugars until smooth.
  2. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence until fluffy. Fold together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and gradually beat into the spread mixture. Finally, stir in the oats and sultanas.
  3. Using a teaspoon, drop the mixture onto non-stick or lined cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, until golden brown.
  4. Allow to cook on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Top tip for making sultana cookies

If you have leftover cookies and fancy making a quick dessert, try crumbling over ice cream or custard and serve with some fresh berries or slightly softened warm apples for a cheat’s crumble.

Why do my oatmeal raisin cookies get hard?

If you baked the cookies for too long they will have a crumbly, crunchy texture rather than soft and chewy. It’s also important to use the correct ratio of ingredients. 

Why did my oatmeal cookies spread?

The cookie dough will spread a little when baking but they should still keep a good shape. If your cookies have spread a lot it could be that your oven wasn’t preheated. This means that when you put the cookies in, the spread melted before it baked properly and the structure of the cookie was compromised. 

What else can you put in sultana cookies?

You can use raisins instead of sultanas or use a combination of the two. You can also use some chopped dried apricots, cranberries and cherries for more fruity flavour. Peanuts and almonds are a delicious choice and if you don’t like cinnamon you could use ground ginger instead. 

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“This is a very easy recipe for little ones to help with and they make an excellent afternoon or lunchbox snack. Not only can kids help to weigh all of the ingredients, they can beat the mixture with a wooden spoon or use an electric hand mixer with some assistance.” 

With a reusable silicone mat you will save money on baking paper that gets thrown away and you can be confident your cookies won’t stick. 

Extra Large Silicone Baking Mats Sheet - View at Amazon

Extra Large Silicone Baking Mats Sheet - View at Amazon

This extra large silicone mat means you can bake a big batch of cookies on one large tray. We love the helpful conversion guides that are on the mat too. It’s easy to wipe clean and much more environmentally friendly than baking paper. 

If you like this recipe you should try our sugar cookies recipe next. You might also like our easy vanilla cookies or these chewy Millie’s cookies instead.

Jessica Ransom
Senior Food Writer

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.