Sweet Treat: Fifteens


Fifteens were probably one of the first things I ever made with my mum in our kitchen.  Just the ticket with a hot cup of milky tea, they are really easy to make and a staple at every coffee morning I’ve ever been to back home.

As the name suggests, all you need are 15 of each ingredient bound together with glorious, gloopy condensed milk and garnished with a generous sprinkle of coconut.  You can double up your ingredients and make a bigger batch – they freeze well and defrost quickly so they’re great for when people drop in.

To make Fifteens you will need:

Digestive biscuits


Glacé cherries

1 tin condensed milk

Desiccated Coconut

Blitz your biscuits in a food processor or bash them with a rolling pin in a food freezer bag until you have relatively small crumbs but a few lumpy bits are totally fine.  You don’t want the crumbs to be so small they’re dust either.

Tip them into your mixing bowl.  Cut up your glacé cherries and marshmallows and add them in.

Next tip in your condensed milk and get mixing.  You can use a wooden spoon or get stuck in with your hands if you prefer – you want the condensed milk to bind the other ingredients so makes sure everything is well combined together.

Cut a biggish piece of greaseproof paper and sprinkle with desiccated coconut in the middle.

Next spoon your mixture onto the coconut.  Sprinkle again with more coconut and then carefully roll the mixture into a log shape.

Pop this into the fridge for around 3 hours or until firm to touch.  I usually leave mine in the fridge overnight.

Repeat until all the mixture has been rolled into logs.

When your logs are set simply unroll – careful the residual coconut doesn’t go everywhere! – slice and enjoy.  If you’ve made a big batch you can swap the greaseproof paper for clingfilm (once it’s set) and pop in the freezer to enjoy another day.


Until next time,






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