Tasty tasty Bumble Bees

Here’s something I haven’t done for a very very long time – a food post!

I woke up this morning, determined to bake a tasty treat for a friend of mine. It’s amazing how focused you learn to be with a little baby in the house – I managed to whip up two batches of (different) biscuits in a short space of time. Yay! One was a new recipe I tried out – for a classic New Zealand biscuit, the Bumble Bee. (For a biscuit that’s supposedly a “classic”, I’ve never encountered them before, but hey, I’m no expert in this “classic biscuit” thing. *shrug*) Bumble Bees are very tasty little treats, jammed full of dried fruit and nuts.

Want to try making some of these yourself? Here’s the recipe:

Bumble Bees
(Makes about 30 biscuits)


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup preserved/chrystallised ginger
  • 1/2 cup figs (I used 1/2 cup dried apricots instead which worked really well)
  • 1 cup sultanas or raisins
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • extra coconut to roll the biscuits in


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).
  • Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Chop up the dried fruit and nuts into smallish pieces and mix together in a bowl along with the coconut.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice, and mix it all together with a wooden spoon.
  • Wet your hands and shape tablespoon sized lumps of the mixture into little logs. (If the mixture is too sticky to shape, add some extra coconut to it.)
  • Roll the little logs in coconut and place them on the baking trays.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, just until the coconut is nicely golden in places.
  • Remove from the oven and slide onto a wire rack to cool. (Note: they’re still quite soft when they come out of the oven, so best to keep them on the baking paper while cooling or they’ll bend around the wire cooling rack.)
  • Once they’re all cooled off, store them in an airtight tin.

Yum! Cup o’ tea and a bikkie, anyone?


3 responses to “Tasty tasty Bumble Bees

  1. YUM! I have a gluten free colleage so am always on the lookout for baking that I can take in to work and not leave him out for. Can’t say I have heard of this ‘classic’ either, but they look delicious, and isn’t that all that matters?

  2. Clever lady! It is amazing what you can do in half an hour of snatched time! I think being a mum turns you into Superwoman! They look yum!!! 🙂

  3. Ooh, yes please. They look scrummy! MUST try the recipe!

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