The festive season is not complete without a jar filled with gingerbread biscuits. If Christmas had a taste, for me, it would be these gingerbread biscuits. They are perfectly sweet and spicy, crisp and golden. The kids adore them, and I might add, that adults are also rather fond of them too. You can decorate them and make all sorts of Christmas shaped biscuits. For something fun try making them into Christmas decoration for your tree. Just remember to leave a good-sized hole in the top of the biscuit before you bake them. Then thread a ribbon through the hole and there you have it … your very own edible gingerbread Christmas decorations.
- 350g plain flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 4 tsp. ground ginger
- 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 100g butter
- 175g light brown soft sugar
- 1 large egg
- 4 tbsp. golden syrup
- 1 tbsp. water
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C
- Put the flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon in a bowl
- Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- Stir in the sugar, egg and syrup, and about 1 tbsp. of water to bind it into dough. Add more water if needed
- Turn out onto a floured surface and knead to bring the dough together
- Split the dough into 2 and roll out until its about 1 cm thick
- Use festive biscuit cutters to cut the dough
- Place on a greased baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes
- Place on a rack to cool and set
- Store in an airtight jar
Dee’s notes –
- The biscuits will be quite soft when you take them out of the oven, but will harden up as they cool down.
- You can make a simple icing to decorate them with using sieved icing sugar and a drop of water. Add a drop of colouring to make different colour icing.
- The icing can also work as “glue” to stick on smarties as buttons or eyes for your gingerbread men.