The fol­low­ing is a les­son that Harry Pot­ter might have learned at Hog­warts. If they stud­ied bak­ing. And had bak­ing related sex ed.

When a scone and a cookie love each other, some­times they decide to have the seckts. In doing so, they cre­ate off­spring: the rock cake.

Rock cakes are not com­mon treats in the US, but are an old school tea time snack in the UK. They are made sim­i­larly to a scone, with a tinge more sweet­ness, and dropped into smaller rounds, mak­ing lit­tle, mis­shapen “rocks”, per­fect for nib­bling on dur­ing after­noon tea, after a typ­i­cally ter­ri­ble Potions les­son with Snape whilst com­mis­er­at­ing with Hagrid. Unlike Hagrid’s truly rock-like cakes, these moist lit­tle treats are easy and delicious.

Chock full of yummy add-ins, these choco­laty rocks are worth don­ning your Invis­i­bil­ity Cape and dodg­ing Filch (or in my house, the min­ions of Mrs. Nor­ris) to sneak as a late night snack.

Hagrid’s (Not Hor­ri­ble) Rock Cakes

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp. bak­ing cocoa, sifted
1 1/2 teas. bak­ing pow­der
1/4 teas. salt
1/3 cup cold mar­garine
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup plus 3 tbsp. of milk of choice
1/8 teas. vine­gar
1/4 teas. vanilla
1/3 cup choco­late chips
1/4 cup chopped wal­nuts
1/4 cup dried fruit (cher­ries, cranberries)

Pre­heat oven to 350. Line a bak­ing sheet with parch­ment paper.

In a large bowl com­bine the flour, cocoa, bak­ing pow­der and salt. Com­bine well. Add the cold mar­garine, in chunks, and blend in until the mix­ture resem­bles a coarse meal. In a small bowl com­bine the milk, vine­gar and vanilla. Add the wet ingre­di­ents to the dry and mix until just com­bined. Gen­tly add in the choco­late chips, nuts and dried fruit.

Scoop dough into table­spoon sized balls onto pre­pared cookie sheet. Bake for 12–14 min­utes, until cakes have risen and are set on the out­side. Let cool on cool­ing rack for 10 min­utes before trans­fer­ring from bak­ing sheet.

Makes 18 rock cakes

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39 Responses to hagrid’s (not horrible) rock cakes

  1. Seglare says:

    Although I live in Europe, I have never heard of rock cakes. They sound like the per­fect snack with tea — and easy to make, too! :)

  2. phoenix says:

    Oh yum! I can already imag­ine sev­eral vari­eties with dif­fer­ent kinds of dried fruit. <3
    Happy MoFo! :D

  3. buddhatomic says:

    In the past I’ve avoided rock cakes just because of their name. Some­thing about the word ‘rock’ isn’t very appe­tiz­ing. :) But these look really good, and not rocky at all, so I might have to try mak­ing them to get over my prejudice!

  4. These rock cakes sound deli­cious! I made some lumps of coal last year that were pretty tasty.. just goes to show that appear­ance doesn’t mean everything

    • Kris says:

      Ooh, a lit­tle more cocoa pow­der and these would make great coal… I won­der if I can find dark brown sugar crys­tals to make them crunchy and shiny.

  5. Mo says:

    I’m sav­ing this because I love tea and have never had rock cakes before.

  6. Carla says:

    Cute.
    We used to make rock cakes al the time when we were kids. We loaded them with raisins.

  7. Amanda Nobile says:

    I guess I really should start read­ing those Harry Pot­ter books :) But I do know that I like tea and I like scones and cook­ies and cakes, so this recipe will def­i­nitely be on my To-Bake list. I just made your pump­kin muffins this week­end and I hate to admit that there are only two left (my hubby doesn’t like pump­kin). Yes, that means that I have, since Sat­ur­day, eaten 10 pump­kin muffins. Please don’t judge :)

    • Kris says:

      Yes! They are such good books!

      No judg­ment here. I applaud your hon­esty, I’ll never reveal the quan­ti­ties of cer­tain things that I’ve solely eaten. :)

  8. Brandi says:

    Wow I’ve never heard of a rock cake before how unique and scrump­tious looking.

  9. Lacey says:

    mar­garine, sugar, fruit and choco­late…? You can’t go wrong when these things are involved. It’s in the Constituition.

  10. Molly says:

    I think Aiden will get a kick out of eat­ing rocks. I’ll have to give this one a try!

    The past few day since Hal­loween, I’ve wished I had an invis­i­bil­ity cape to escape from Iron­man, who will not remove his cos­tume to live a nor­mal 3-year-old life. :)

  11. Marisa says:

    Hi there! These look won­der­ful!! Do you hap­pen to know if they travel well? I’d like to send a batch of these to my hus­band in Iraq, but they’ll take at least a week and a half to get there. Thanks!

    • Kris says:

      Hi Marisa–

      I’m not sure if these would last. My instinct says no, they would hold up, but I think they’d get really dry. I would sug­gest maybe doing some quick breads that don’t have too much mois­ture (like banana, which would prob­a­bly mold), but maybe like some gin­ger­bread or some­thing else that is moist, but the mois­ture is not from fruit. That’s just my first thought.

  12. Andrea says:

    I’m sure Harry would pre­fer these cakes to any he might encounter at Hog­warts. They sound per­fect for a rainy after­noon tea party.

  13. Courtney says:

    …per­fect for nib­bling on dur­ing after­noon tea, after a typ­i­cally ter­ri­ble Potions les­son with Snape whilst com­mis­er­at­ing with Hagrid.” I love it! You are hilar­i­ous, and I am lov­ing all the Harry Pot­ter love :-) Totally mak­ing these soon!

    Court­ney

  14. FoodFeud says:

    Nom nom nom indeed. Some­times you need more chew than a cookie!

  15. tahinitoo says:

    Cook­ies!!!!!! You and HP!!! Are you dress­ing up for the movie premiere?

    • Kris says:

      I have a black cardi­gan with a Gryffindor crest on it that I’ll prob­a­bly wear, but no real dress­ing up for me… There will be no don­ning of robes or wand work!

  16. meansoybean says:

    I’ve only ever had rock cake once, and it was dur­ing test­ing of Urban Vegan’s Punk Rock Cakes recipe:

    http://books.google.ca/books?id=KqTFXw9g1zEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA17#v=onepage&q&f=false

    It makes for a mod­est, but nice, snack.

  17. joyfulgirl says:

    I used to look for recipes like this to make for the book release par­ties. Per­haps I’ll make some to take to the movie instead.

  18. Josiane says:

    That’s my kind of rocks! With all the pos­si­ble vari­a­tions, one could be tempted to start a rock col­lec­tion — but no! those look too good for me to be able to keep them around very long… :)

  19. Love it! I had no idea that rock cakes existed out­side of the world of HP.

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  21. Cindy says:

    These are in the oven now. I didn’t see where you men­tion adding the sugar so I threw it in with the dry ingre­di­ents. Can’t wait to see how they come out!

  22. I love it! My boyfriend’s mom gave me a Harry Pot­ter related cook­book for Christ­mas last year and I’ve been try­ing to veg­a­nize a few of the recipes so I can use the book. Rock cakes.. I need one right now! =)

  23. AikoVenus says:

    These look so tasty! I love mak­ing food from movies. ^^

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