I love fifteens. They are a staple at any Northern Irish child’s party (who am I trying to kid! Can be found at adults parties too).  It would appear that no one outside of Northern Ireland has heard of them.  They are missing out.

Not only are they incredibly moreish, they are dead easy to make



15 Digestive Biscuits
15 Glace Cherries
15 Marshmallows
Small tin of Condensed Milk
Desiccated Coconut


1. Crush Digestives
2. Cut Cherries and Marshmallows in half
3. Mix all the above together in a bowl
4. Add to the bowl some condensed milk, until the mixture starts to form a kind of ‘dough’ (you wont use the whole tin)
5. Sprinkle the coconut over some greaseproof paper and spread mixture on top forming a log shape.
6. Sprinkle more coconut over the top and tightly wrap the log to keep its shape.
7. Keep in the fridge for a couple of hours until its set
8. Unwrap, slice and enjoy with a big mug of tea


  1. Ruth says:

    These are amazing! I have definitely heard of them – although not called Fifteens. We had them growing up in the Borders – as you say a kids birthday party staple, and also a favourite baking activity at Brownies. My other half and I have just been discussing it – and concluded we have no idea what we called them, just that they were wonderful!


  2. Queen of Everything says:

    I know Ruth – they are sooooo tasty! I am so glad someone else (non-Northern Irish) has heard of them! It seems none of my Scottish friends have – although they are always up for eating them! I often find that I accidentally put some of the ‘dough’ in my mouth while making them…. I just hate it when that happens! 🙂 Great to make with kids definitely!!


    1. Siobhann Bushe says:

      I love Fifteens… I grew up in N.Ireland and have now been living in Australia for 11 years.. I have been searching for this recipe for what feels like ll my life , my friends mother used to make them and we would eat them with a cup of hot Ribena….. ! thank you for this


      1. Adele says:

        Fifteens are great! I always remember them being at every birthday party I went to as a child. Enjoy!


      2. GINNY says:

        I like to find Irish recipes to discover more about my heritage. These look delicious, but having grown up in the States I don’t know what a “digestive biscuit” is.

        Do you know what would we have over here that is similar?


      3. Adele says:

        Hi Ginny, Sorry for not responding sooner, Graham Crackers are the same as digestive biscuits. Cheers


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