Simple Jam Flapjack Recipe

by Phil & Sonja
Jam Flapjack Recipe on a plate with MacKays Jam

Jam flapjacks? Is that actually a thing?

We had already made a range of fruity flapjacks, filled with sultanas, raisins, and even currants, but we wanted to try something a little different.

Flapjacks are great for several reasons. Firstly, they’re delicious. Second, they’re made of few ingredients and often ones you have already in the house, like oats, butter, and sugar. They can also be flavoured with lots of different things. We considered what else we already had in the house and came across our store of jam that we usually have for scones and toast. So why not try making jam flapjacks?!

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Easy Jam Flapjacks - Simple, Delicious, Oat Bar Recipe

What are flapjacks?

In the UK, flapjacks are like an oat bar, in contrast to the pancakes also called flapjacks in the USA. While they weren’t invented in Scotland, they do use oats which are largely associated with the country, and obviously we think Scottish oats are the best!

Why Jam Flapjacks?

As we said, we were looking for things that people already have in the house they could add to their flapjacks. While they are delicious plain, it’s fun to mix up the flavours and try something new.

Flapjacks are such an easy recipe to make, but they’re a great afternoon snack, to share at a picnic or on a walk, or take around to friends.

Jam Flapjacks stacked on a plate with jam jar, coffee behind

What’s the difference between jam and jelly?

If you’re from the UK you’ll be wondering why we’re even addressing this! In the UK, jelly is made using gelatin, sugar and flavouring. In the US, jelly and jam are a similar product. Basically, jam has more seeds and fruit pulp in it and jelly is smoother and clearer. You can use either in this jammy flapjack recipe!

Things you’ll need to make Jam Flapjacks

  • Baking tray – we used a 22cm square tin, adjust the recipe to the size of your own tray
  • Parchment Paper
  • Medium size pan
  • Spoon or flexible spatula
  • Knife

Ingredients for Jam Flapjacks

  • 375g Scottish Oats (1.5 cups)
  • 170g Unsalted Butter (6oz)
  • 120g Demerara Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 5 tbsp Golden Syrup (This can be replaced with corn or maple syrup, honey, or a light treacle in the US, but Golden Syrup is best.)
  • Approx 1/2 jar jam (or jelly in the US)
Jam Flapjack Recipe on plate with jammy knife

How to make Jam Flapjacks – Step by step method

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius or 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper. Make sure you use enough that you can lift the flapjacks out if the tray is deep.

Heat a pan on the stove on a low heat. Add the butter, sugar, and syrup and stir slowly so that the mixture blends together. Don’t let it boil!

Once the sugar is dissolved and the butter all melted take it off the heat and add the oats, stirring so they are fully covered.

Tip half of the mixture into the lined baking tray and smooth with the back of a spoon. Take the jam and spread it over the base layer. It’s easiest to do this by dotting a few spoons across it and then spreading to join them together.

Add the other half of the mixture on top and smooth down with the back of a spoon.

Put the tray in the oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your flapjacks. They won’t harden in the oven but they will turn a darker brown so keep an eye on it.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into squares, then leave to cool fully in the tin.

Jam Flapjacks stacked on a plate
Yield: 16

Simple Jam Flapjack Recipe

Jam Flapjack Recipe on plate with jammy knife

Ingredients

  • 375g Scottish Oats (1.5 cups)
  • 170g Unsalted Butter (6oz)
  • 120g Demerara Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 5 tbsp Golden Syrup (This can be replaced with corn or maple syrup, honey, or a light treacle in the US, but Golden Syrup is best.)
  • Approx 1/2 jar jam (or jelly in the US)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius or 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper. Make sure you use enough that you can lift the flapjacks out if the tray is deep.
  3. Heat a pan on the stove on a low heat. Add the butter, sugar, and syrup and stir slowly so that the mixture blends together. Don’t let it boil!
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved and the butter all melted take it off the heat and add the oats, stirring so they are fully covered.
  5. Tip half of the mixture into the lined baking tray and smooth with the back of a spoon. Take the jam and spread it over the base layer. It’s easiest to do this by dotting a few spoons across it and then spreading to join them together.
  6. Add the other half of the mixture on top and smooth down with the back of a spoon.
  7. Put the tray in the oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your flapjacks. They won’t harden in the oven but they will turn a darker brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into squares, then leave to cool fully in the tin.

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2 comments

Elaine Perry September 13, 2020 - 7:03 pm

Just made these but I wouldn’t call them a “bar”, mine are more soft and needed to be eaten with a fork. It is probably my ingredients, I only had quick oats and not Scottish Oats, I also cannot eat butter so I used margarine. They taste fabulous though, and I can imagine how good they would taste with real butter!

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Scottish Scran October 1, 2020 - 10:39 am

Thanks for the feedback, Elaine! We’re very glad you enjoyed them, we think it is probably the change in ingredients that made them a little softer sadly. We hope this didn’t put you off them too much!
All the best,
Phil & Sonja

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