Get the kids involved with this recipe for a fun start to the Christmas holidays.
Not only are these biscuits easy to make, they even look great hanging on your tree (just pierce a hole in the top before you cook them, so you can attach a tie). They will also keep for up to a week if stored in an airtight container.
What you need: rolling pin; baking tray(s); gingerbread man cookie cutter; ready-made icing pens or royal icing; melted chocolate; and small red buttons or sweets to decorate.
Ingredients: (makes approx. 25 biscuits)
350g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g unsalted butter or margarine
150g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
Pinch of salt
Preparation time: 40 mins
Baking time: 10 mins plus decorating time
1. Preheat oven to 180C/450F/Gas 4.
2. Sift the flour, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl.
3. Slowly melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan and pour into the mixing bowl when fully melted. Mix together with a spoon (be careful, it’s hot!) until it forms a dough. You’ll know everything is mixed when you have a ball of dough and the sides of the bowl are clean.
4. Once the dough is cool enough to handle, knead it into a small ball with some flour then leave to rest for about 20 minutes.
5. When the dough is rested, lightly dust the worktop and your rolling pin and roll the dough out to the thickness of a pound coin.
6. Use the gingerbread men cookie cutters to cut out your biscuits and transfer onto your baking tray. Leave plenty of space as the biscuits will spread as they cook. Don’t worry if they break while you are cutting – you can press the dough back together again.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly darker around the edges. Let them cool completely before icing.
8. To decorate, rotate your gingerbread men so that the legs are the antlers and the body and head are the face. Use either ready-made icing pens, royal icing or melted chocolate to draw the antlers and eyes. Then using icing or chocolate, stick a red button or sweet to make a nose. Now you have your reindeer!
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