11 Sep

Perfect Gingerbread Biscuits

This is a super easy recipe that not only tastes delicious, but you can also use it to make a fabulous gifts. Foodies and children will go equally crazy over biscuits, so I reckon it’s got to be a win! Once you make them I’ve given you a couple of ideas about how you can make them look beautiful (easily) if you are gifting them – that is if there are any left after you’ve “tested” your batch. 

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Gingerbread Biscuits – Serve approx 20, prep time 20 mins, cooking time 35mins.

  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup

Method –
1. Preheat oven to 190’C/Gas 5.
2. Add flour, ginger and soda to bowl and rub in butter.
3. Then add sugar & stir in the syrup and egg to make firm dough (I use my hands, its easier than a spoon!)
4. Roll out to 5mm thck and cut out your desired shape.
5. Place on baking tray with grease proof paper.
6. Cook for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
7. Take out of oven and leave for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire rack,
8. Once completely cook you can decorate.

Gifting – 

As you can see from the pics I used a couple of different cutters. Gingerbread men (which now need decorating), some rounds – which are great for gifts (they wrap easily) and some miniature biscuits using my grandma’s Aspic Hors D’Oeuvre Cutters! They are amazing!

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So, we’ll start with the rounds. These are grand because you can stack them and wrap them and they are good to go.

stack of gingerbread rounds

Here I used Jane Means spotty cellophane and a gorgeous pistachio and pink strip grosgrain ribbon (all of which you can order from her website here). I’m not actually going to write down the method bit because its super easy: stack biscuits, cut square of cellophane, draw cellophane around biscuits and tie with ribbon – voila! Obviously you could also attach a little card if you’d like to as well.

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The second option is making small biscuits – hence the use of my vintage cutters which allowed me to make bite sized biscuit and then you can fit them into a jam jar.

mini gingerbreads

Here I’ve used the hearts and put them all in the jar. Then I grabbed some Jane Means ribbon, some double sided tape and some scissors.
jar and ribbon

Next you need to make a tailored bow. Now, these look awesome, but are surprisingly easy to do once you know how!

But, instead of me giving you the amateur version how to, if you’d like to make these I can highly recommend having a look here at Jane Means Blog where the expert herself shows you step by step how to make them. The secret here is double sided tape. Use this to secure you’re ribbon of choice around your jar and secure under the bow and you’re all done!

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close up jar and stack

So, there are absolutely no excuses now – ginger biscuits all round!

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous weekend.

Verity x
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