It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow in the UK. Now, to me, it’s one of those annoying, commercialised events where you feel obliged to give something so as not to seem like a terrible daughter and there’s no shortage of mass produced tat available for purchase this weekend. To be honest, it’s way easier to pop to the high street (or the nearest petrol station) and buy a bunch of over priced flowers or a twee little knick-knack and that’s usually exactly what I end up doing, but this year it’s different.

We recently discovered these fantastic oaty chocolatey cookies which are both simple to make and easy on the pocket. We’ve already munched our way through a fair few batches (all the while telling ourselves that oats are really good for you), so it seemed like a good idea to bake some for our mums. The recipe comes from an excellent cook book that I picked up for a fiver in The Works – it’s called The Busy Mum’s Cookbook and contains a wealth of yummy things.

To make these cookies you will need:

100g or 4oz butter

150g or 5oz light brown muscovado sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

150g or 5oz jumbo oats

pinch salt

75g or 3oz plain flour, sifted

200g or 7oz dark choc chips

1. Prehat your oven to 190c/fan 170c/gas 5. In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and sugar until it’s pale and creamy. Next beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Fold in the oats, salt and flour then stir in th choc chips.

2. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet (I get about 9 to a sheet and do two batches). Bake for around 12-15 minutes until pale golden, then remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. They can then be stored in an airtight container.

To make them more gifty, I popped them into a cellophane bag and tied it with ribbon before putting them into a pretty cardboard box with a lid. I reckon the cookies cost about a pound per batch and the box was three quid.

Perhaps the best thing about this make is that the ingredients are easy to come by so it’s not too late to whip up a batch for your mum today!