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January 28, 2013 / mintcustard

Home made Tim Tams

tim tam top

A long time ago, in the early 90s when I was young and foolish, I went to Sydney for a weekend break, well 3 days actually but not a long trip. During that time I packed a lot in. The opera house, the Rocks, Bondi and a visit to Doyles. I had more than my fair share of VB and came home with an addiction to Violet Crumbles and Tim Tams. Similar in style to a Penguin biscuit, but bigger and with a slightly malty flavour.

Australia Day on Saturday brought back all the memories of Sydney. The fact we had snow and hail here had me craving for some sun. I can do many things but changing the weather isn’t one of them.  But I can travel via food. A good friend was making damper, why couldn’t I make Tim Tams?

I have made bourbon biscuits in the past so I had a recipe that perhaps I could adapt. Off to the kitchen to give it a go.

As you can see from the picture at the top of this post they worked really well, malty and moreish. I have yet to try a Tim Tam Slam with one of them as my mouth is currently numb from a visit to the dentist but this evening I will be!

Tim Tams  (adapted from a Bourbon biscuit recipe from Larger family life.



225 g plain flour

25 g cocoa powder

1 tbsp malted milk drink (I used Horlicks)

1 level tsp baking powder

115g butter (softened)

115g  caster sugar

2 tbsp golden syrup


100g softened butter

100g to 200g icing sugar

2 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp malted milk powder


200g milk chocolate


mixing bowls

rolling pin

baking tray

heatproof bowl for melting chocolate

ruler to measure biscuit dough

parchment paper

wire rack for cooling


Set oven to Gas Mark 3/ 160°C/ 325°F

Sift together the cocoa, flour, malted milk powder and baking powder. In a separate bowl cream together butter and sugar. When nice and fluffy add the syrup. Add the mixture to the flour, cocoa and baking powder mixture then knead together. It may take a while to become doughy but keep at it and it will come together.

Take two layers of parchment paper. Place the ball of dough between the sheets of parchment and squish a little. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about ¼ inch.

tim tam raw

Cut the dough into fingers, I use a ruler and sharp knife for this.  I know, I know but it was actually rather therapeutic and it pays off when you sandwich the biscuits together. My finished biscuits are about 6cm long and 4 cm wide. Place onto parchment on a baking tray. Bake for approximately 17 minutes. Remove from oven . Leave in tray until almost cool, then transfer onto wire rack.

tim tam cooked

Beat together the ingredients for the filling, add 100g of sugar, taste and add more if you feel you need to. Then use to sandwich biscuits together.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water. Remove the bowl from the pan. Dip the biscuit sandwiches into the chocolate until completely covered. Shake off excess chocolate. Place on a rack to cool and harden.

tim tam enrobed

Once hardened, place in a tin, hide somewhere only you know about and scoff the lot. Alternatively provide nearest and dearest with a hot beverage and a  tim tam.

tim tam tin

Time for a Tim Tam Slam!



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  1. Ali / Jan 28 2013 1:31 pm

    YUM, these look totally gorgeous. *tummy rumbles*

  2. Choclette / Jan 28 2013 4:44 pm

    Can’t believe you went for 3 days. It took us two weeks to get over the jet lag! Sounds like you packed more in though than we did in our 6 months travelling around Australia – we certainly never got to try Tim Tams. They sound gorgeous – I love horlicks. They look pretty good too. Hope you get to enjoy them soon.

  3. mintcustard / Jan 28 2013 4:48 pm

    I can’t believe it either! They are just lovely. Still not yet quite able to eat one. I need a double dose of anaesthetic and it takes ages to wear off. They smell lovely and malty. The plain biscuits would be just fine too I am certain. Much easier!

  4. miss.cinders / May 16 2013 12:31 am

    Oh my goshness! THANKYOU!!!!! I am currently boycotting TimTams until the use of Palm Oil in them is stopped… you my dear have saved me from going even more batshit crazy without them.

    I am completely indebted to you for this recipe, and a dear friend and blog reader of mine for pointing me here!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe out!!

    Miss Cinders – Saturday Morning Ogre Mum.

  5. Anne / Dec 19 2013 5:12 pm

    isn’t your filling missing sugar?

    • mintcustard / Aug 12 2015 8:31 am

      You are absolutely right, i did forget to put the sugar in the recipe initially. Beat in icing (confectioners or powdered) sugar to taste. Thank you for spotting this.

  6. thehungrymum / Jan 27 2014 5:28 am

    how perfect! I too am boycotting Tim Tams due to evil palm oil so I will have to try these. Glad you had a good time in Sydney – you should come back again soon 🙂

  7. Carolina van Tonder / Oct 30 2014 9:10 am

    Heard of Tim Tams 1st time on Oprah Show when one of her Australian guests brought some along. Certainly going to try it out.

  8. Rose / Feb 16 2015 3:01 am

    I just finished making these. The biscuits are delicious but I think the filling needs some work. I made it as directed and sampled it. The flavor of the butter took over everything. O added in some confectioners sugar and it improved the taste dramatically. Unfortunately a lot of it melted away when I dipped it in the chocolate. I’m going to try again, next time adding more sugar, more malt and less butter.

    • mintcustard / Feb 16 2015 12:33 pm

      I’m sorry you found this Rose, it wasn’t my experience when I made them.

  9. Terri / Mar 30 2015 5:00 pm

    Im so excited to find this! being an aussie living in london! how many does the recipe make approximately?

  10. mauricio perdomo / May 17 2015 3:37 pm

    I’m from venezuela and my english is not very good but with this recipe, how many cookies do you make? I hope you can understand me jaja thanks

    • mintcustard / May 17 2015 7:57 pm

      I understood your question perfectly. This recipe makes about 12 home made Tim Tam biscuits.

  11. candy huang / Aug 12 2015 6:44 am


    • mintcustard / Aug 12 2015 8:43 am

      I have now added an equipment list to the recipe body. Hope this helps.


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