Lemon and almond Jumbles recipe

lemon and almond jumbles

Half term requires some serious planning and entertainment is an area that needs to be focused on in order to survive. We have homework to do but it’s a diary and so allows us the freedom to do as we wish which is great.

How about making biscuits and then writing about it? Lemon and almond jumbles!

I haven’t cooked with the girls since the summer holidays and it is a pastime they love doing plus it brings all sorts of skills together, maths – weighing, numeracy, reading, writing – they are ‘S’ shaped and even chemistry … surely turning butter into biscuits counts as chemistry?

I’ve been wanting to make Jumbles for a while now. I understand from research they’ve been around from as early as the 17th century so, quite a successful biscuit recipe I’d say. It is also mentioned that it most likely originates from Italy from the cimabetta cookie.

I’ve kept this recipe pretty basic but there are all sorts of ways you can vary it as explained in the notes with a cooking time of only 10 minutes and a prep time of about the same, they were a winwin for us and daddy liked them so much he popped a couple in his sandwich box ;)

[yumprint-recipe id=’13’]and then for some proof that this was homework –


Taking it in turns to whisk

lemon and almond jumbles

Our S shaped Jumbles ready to go in the oven and our follow up homework sheet



  1. October 31, 2013 / 9:54 AM

    Such neat writing! I saw these on your instagram feed and thought I would give them a whirl on a wet weather day! Can’t wait for rain now!

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:23 PM

      Enjoy your whirling and twirling, we did and they didn’t last long at all

  2. October 31, 2013 / 10:20 AM

    Gosh they look delicious!
    I used to bake a lot with my eldest when she was younger, I think I need to get the girls back in the kitchen and this looks like a perfect start for us!

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:24 PM

      I like to get them in the kitchen every now and then, it’s a time when we all ‘work’ together and have fun at the same time.

  3. October 31, 2013 / 10:28 AM

    They look so yummy and their texture reminds me a bit of vanilla crescents x

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:24 PM

      Yes, you’re right. Mind you the recipe is very basic, after all it is from the 17th century

  4. October 31, 2013 / 10:29 AM

    Wow, tell the girls that these look amazing :)

  5. October 31, 2013 / 10:35 AM

    Those look fabulous!!! I am goign to have a go but I might just have to dip an end in chocolate as well.

    Or both ends.

    And my fingers.

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:25 PM

      I LIKE that idea, but I’ll have to make some more as the first batch disappeared really quickly

  6. October 31, 2013 / 11:50 AM

    Yummy! Well done girls! Could just do with one of those now with my mid-morning cuppa!

  7. October 31, 2013 / 6:22 PM

    I love lemon and I love almond so these are perfect for me. I’ll bring the gin you supply the biccies yes?

  8. October 31, 2013 / 8:37 PM

    Never heard of Jumbles before but they look delicious. Very educational too, just what I like in a biscuit!

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:27 PM

      I discovered the recipe in a 17th century recipe book along with a recipe to treat worms! The Compleate Housewife, a real eye opener

  9. October 31, 2013 / 9:02 PM

    I need to cook more with the kids. I just run out of time too quickly!

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:27 PM

      This is a good recipe to try as it’s done in 20 minutes tops. I know your pain that’s why I look for dead easy ones to do with them

  10. October 31, 2013 / 9:44 PM

    OOF, HELLO! These look awesome. I’ll tell my husband to get on it ASAP. (If I try they will almost 100% go wrong!)

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:31 PM

      They are simple – you can do it. give it a go g’wan you know you want to :)

  11. October 31, 2013 / 10:50 PM

    How very educational – I’m sure my oldest would love to do this for his chemistry revision. Well done ladies – they look very tasty.

  12. November 1, 2013 / 3:58 PM

    they look so much, i haven’t baked for week now and need some inspiration I think I just found it xxx

    • November 1, 2013 / 4:32 PM

      Yayyy! and you bake the most amazing recipes, I’m intrigued to see what you’ll come up with x

  13. November 5, 2013 / 10:30 AM

    They look delicious, I have pinned them to try! I love the little matching aprons that you have for your girls :)

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