Northern Irish Fifteens, an easy tray bake from Northern Ireland

Northern Irish fifteens recipe

I grew up in Northern Ireland and these no-bake treats were a staple in the cake section of any cafe, alongside British classics like the Millionaire’s shortbread and flapjacks. It was only on leaving to come to England did I realise that they don’t exist across the water. Indeed, it appears they’re not even popular in the Republic of Ireland.

They are called fifteens as are made from three main ingredients of which you need 15 of each: digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glacé cherries. I share with you this easy classic recipe that kids can also help out in. Make these the day before you wish to serve them so they can chill in the fridge. I sometimes make these for St. Patrick’s Day.

Use vegetarian marshmallows if you wish to make them veggie friendly. Examples of brands include Dandies Marshmallows if you’re in the States or  Freedom Mallows in the UK.
 

Fifteens
Serves 15
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
135 calories
24 g
6 g
4 g
2 g
2 g
45 g
76 g
18 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
45g
Servings
15
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135
Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 76mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
5%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 15 digestives (½ a pack) or graham crackers,
  2. 15 glacé cherries, halved (½ a tub)
  3. 15 large marshmallows, quartered (½ a bag)
  4. 200ml condensed milk
  5. 75g desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. Crush the digestives by either putting them into a ziplock bag and crushing with a rolling bin, or by blitzing it in a food processor.
  2. Mix together with the halved glacé cherries and the quartered marshmallows
  3. Lay out some clingfilm/plastic wrap and put the desiccated coconut on it.
  4. Using your hands, form a sausage with the dough and put it on top of the coconut
  5. Wrap the clingfilm with the coconut tightly around the sausage, so the outside is covered with the coconut evenly
  6. Put into the fridge overnight
  7. Slice into 1cm thick pieces to serve
Notes
  1. You can get vegetarian marshmallows from Holland & Barrett in the UK
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calories
135
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
24g
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I’m also sharing this recipe with Treat Petite, a collection of mini bites ran by The Baking Explorer.Treat Petite

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  • Old Fashioned Susie

    These look very interesting and could be adapted easily

    • Yes, you can potentially add different things to the mixture or use different biscuits!

  • I love fifteens! A friend of mine from Belfast introduced me to them years ago. Thanks for sharing a recipe – I’ve not had them since my first try!

    • I didn’t realise how much I missed them until I made these and ate them again! All the feelings of childhood!

  • Kat Buckley

    They sound yummy! I’ve heard of them but never tried them, thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

    • Thanks Kat! I love sharing something I grew up with and loved as a child!