Skip to content
Back Back to Insurance menu Go to Insurance
Back Back to Saga Money Go to Saga Money
Back Back to Saga Magazine menu Go to Magazine
Search Magazine

Halloween flapjacks

24 October 2012

Halloween provides the perfect opportunity to have fun baking with the children or grandchildren.

Ghostly mallow flapjacks
These ghostly mallow flapjacks are fun to make with children

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

25 minutes


25 flapjacks


  • 125g butter 
  • 50g marshmallows 
  • 75g Tate & Lyle fairtrade caster sugar 
  • 3 rounded tbsp Lyle's Golden Syrup 
  • 150g rolled (porridge) oats 
  • 50g Rice Crispy cereal

To decorate

  • 50g unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 tbsp Lyle's Golden Syrup 
  • Few drops vanilla extract 
  • 175g Tate and Lyle fairtrade icing sugar 
  • Black writing icing or very small chocolate drops


Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan) gas 4. Grease and line a shallow 20cm square tin with baking parchment paper.

Put the butter, marshmallows, Tate & Lyle sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup into a medium pan and heat gently until melted. Stir in the oats, when completely coated with the melted mixture, gently fold in the crispy cereal. Turn into the tin, level and press the mixture evenly and firmly with the back of a spoon. Bake for 25 minutes or, until just golden around the edges.

Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then cut into 25 pieces whilst still warm. When completely cool, turn onto a cooling rack.

Whilst cooling, make the buttercream by beating the butter with the golden syrup, vanilla extract and icing sugar until smooth and creamy.

Cut the flapjacks into individual pieces. Transfer the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle and pipe little ghosts onto each flapjack. If you do not have a piping bag, put the buttercream into a plastic bag and snip off the end from a corner of the bag then you can squeeze out the buttercream carefully onto each flapjack.

To decorate pipe black eyes onto each ghost or place the chocolate chips.

Our thanks to Tate & Lyle for providing this recipe. 

Visit our Halloween section for more ghostly ideas.


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.