Chocolate Biscuits & Chocolate Spread

Today my taste buds are all over the place..

Mid-morning for breakfast I had two slices of toast, no butter, topped with a huge plate of lightly sauted vegetables (crunchy) because I woke up this morning craving them.. and then for lunch I decided to satiate my cravings for chocolate by making a kids favourite during the war “chocolate biscuits”. I don’t actually crave many sweet things these days and my sugar ration is more than adequate, but I know now to let myself enjoy an occasional sweet treat 1940s style..

These biscuits (cookies) hit the spot, as did the chocolate spread filling, both made from authentic children’s choice recipes from a leaflet sold during the war by Cadbury’s for 1d. in aid of the Red Cross..


Chocolate Biscuits

  • 1 tablespoon of syrup (golden, corn or maple)
  • 2 oz/ 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 oz/ 1/8 cup of cocoa powder
  • 4 oz/ 1/2 cup plain flour (I found I used more)
  • 2 oz/ 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  1. Melt margarine and syrup and vanilla essence in a pan and mix in cocoa powder until smooth
  2. Mix in the sugar then mix in the flour until smooth. Add more flour if required until you can handle like a dough
  3. Roll out and cut into squares and prick all over and place in an oven at 180 C for 10 minutes or more
  4. Sandwich together, when cool, with chocolate spread (see recipe below)

Makes around 8 sandwiched cookies

Chocolate spread

  • 1 oz cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons US) sugar
  • 1 dessertspoon flour (1 tablespoon US) flour
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add the milk gradually and bring to the boil and lower heat
  3. Best until smooth and until mixture thickens
  4. Allow to cool
  5. Use in cookie recipe above

16 thoughts on “Chocolate Biscuits & Chocolate Spread

  1. Ooh these look yummy C! I am going to try making them this week, am making many of the things you post, with great success! Love your ration tea tin! 🙂

    • Fantastic! You must let me know how you get on!! I LOVE the tin too! Many of my bits and pieces come from my ex-husbands mother, Dorothy, who always thinks of fantastic little gifts like these! I just LOVE them! C xxxx

  2. I just made these as you posted, only I doubled the recipe for my family. Delicious! The filling tastes just like homemade chocolate pudding. These would be great even without the filling, dipped in milk.

  3. I agree! Was pleasantly surprised by these and I can see how these would have been a really big hit with children during the war! C xxxx

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  5. My kids love these, though I use a different filling, the chocolate sandwich filling one – 2tbsp mashed potato, 1tbsp Cocoa, 1tbsp sugar and any vanilla or almond flavouring if you wish. It’s still a wartime recipe!

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