Making Yoyos together is one of my favourite memories with my grandma. Yoyos were a staple in her house. There was more often than not a stash in her pantry, especially at Christmas time. Every Christmas my grandma would bring her delicious fruit punch, and jars of Yoyos to the family celebration. Every. Single. Year. We would start the afternoon off with delicious, sweet glasses of the World’s Best Punch while snacking on platters of Yoyos, nuts and toffees.

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I remember making Yoyos with my grandma at her house. She would mix all the ingredients in her kitchen, and then we would move to her lounge to sit in front of the t.v. to roll and mark them. Fairly often the Yoyos wouldn’t make it to the baking trays and would end up in my mouth 🙂  I don’t know about you, but I find the flavours and consistency of cookie dough preferable to baked cookies (we call them biscuits in Australia). I would try not to end up with an over indulgence sore stomach!

So when my grandma passed away, it left a big hole in our family Christmas celebrations. The rest of my family aren’t big bakers, and opted for more store bought treats and drinks. Every now and then I would attempt to bake some Yoyos for everyone to enjoy and to keep the memory of my grandma alive, but I haven’t been consistent.

This year was a good year for Yoyos. My aunty was coming to our celebration at my brother’s house (she didn’t always make it as her daughter lived in Melbourne and she would celebrate Christmas there). I decided to make some Yoyos give as gifts and for us to enjoy at home in the lead up to Christmas. I thought it would be something fun to make together with my children. They are simple to make, but I do recommend doubling the recipe!

My children and I enjoyed making the Yoyos (otherwise know as Melting Moments in Australia); we also enjoyed taste testing the dough ;). And my Aunty was really blessed by the final product we gave her. She wasn’t able to see her daughter and some of her grandchildren due to the border restrictions imposed by COVID-19 precautions, so bringing back the memory of her mother and being together with relatives on the West Coast helped.

children enjoying yoyos

It’s beautiful how food can evoke wonderful memories. I hope by making these Yoyos with your family you can also create some special family memories. The simple, tasty and fun to make. Enjoy!

  • 6 oz. (170gms) butter
  • 2oz. (55gms) icing sugar
  • 6 oz. (170gms) flour
  • 2 oz. (55gms) cornflour or custard powder
  • Extra icing sugar for icing
  1. Cream butter and icing sugar.
  2. Sift flour and custard powder several times.
  3. Mix all well and roll in small balls.
  4. Mark with a fork and cook in slow oven until pale brown.
  5. Join by mixing a little icing sugar together with a little water to make a glue. Allow to set.


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In my kitchen lie my late grandmother's recipe books that have been covered with dust for too long. It's time to open these books and discover tasty food from a simpler life. I'd love for you to join me as I add to this collection some tried and true recipes from my grandmother's recipe books.

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