Gingerbread trees

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 12 mins


Makes 20-24
Enjoy this recipe for golden gingerbread trees - make them to eat on their own, or to decorate your Christmas cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal96
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.17g
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  • 75g softened butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 50g golden syrup
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together the softened butter with the caster sugar until creamy. Stir in bicarbonate of soda, golden syrup and the egg yolks. Sift in the plain flour and ground cinnamon and ground ginger then bring together with a wooden spoon. Shape into two balls, knead until the dough comes together, then chill for 30 mins. Roll out one ball at a time, to about 2 x £1 coin thickness. Stamp out trees with a 7cm cutter, then re-roll the trimmings. Lift dough onto greased baking sheets and bake for 10-12 mins until slightly risen and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Will keep in an airtight container up to a week.

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Comments (46)

leightaylor1's picture

My 3 year old son and i just made these lovely biscuits! I read throught the reviews first and changed the recipe a little and they turned out lovely, sweet and tasty with just the right amount of spiceyness! in addition to the ginger and cinnamon (which i increased) i also added a big half a teaspoon of mixed spice and half a tsp of nutmeg. i put in a little more golden syrup to sweeten them up and replaced 40g of the flour with light brown muscavado sugar. i will definitely be making these again and very soon as we have eaten most of them already as they were so delicious warm and my house smells gorgeous now!!

lizzycarr's picture

thought this was going to be great after reading reviews - however my dough crumbled despite following the reciepe and the finished result - not that flavoursome.
will try one that uses treacle the next time.

tommyhyh's picture

Anybody know how many tbsp 50g of golden syrup equivilates to, as I don't know how to weigh the golden syrup??

natalie_tadeusz's picture

Definitely need more spice! But yummy.

alicia-foodoholic's picture

Hey guys,
Well made these and they are lovely!
I used actual gingerbread cutters, they were a set of 4 daddy, mummy, little girl and little boy, sad aren't I.
They are yummy cold and hot and easy to repair if all goes wrong.
Should defiently try

searchingforrecipes's picture

After reading the previous comments I upped the amount of spice and they tasted good although they were a bit dry and powdery... I made koalas and kangaroos and they were perfect!

lorili70's picture

This recepie is great. Really easy to do and taste lovely. I made a batch as gingerbread men instead of trees and my 3 children ate them all in 2 day's. Definitely a success!!!

niknak1601's picture

Just made them today with a 10yr old. We added double ginger because of previous comments and they were fairly tasty. The best bit was decorating them afterwards!!!!! Will definitely make again.

rustedivory's picture

I tried this recipe once and thought that the texture of the biscuit was just what I wanted, but the flavour was seriously lacking so I swapped the sugar for Light Muscavado, the Golden Syrup for Treacle and seriously upped the spices with lots of ginger and nutmeg and a huge dash of cinnamon - They were delicious! I've tried loads of Gingerbread Biscuit recipes, but this is the one I'll be keeping and making again. =)

amyskea's picture

Can anyone help me - this looks great but I just have fresh ginger. Can I use that? Would I grate it? How much?

stupidgingerbreadmen's picture

Do u call this flickin crumble gingerbread? i followed the instructions and i got crumbles and thats it!?!?!?! these were horrible never making these again !!!!!!!!!!

drfabio's picture

I won't use this recipe again. It didn't taste of much, despite doubling the amount of ginger and cinnamon, and adding the same again of mixed spice. Plus, I found the dough really difficult to handle - it didn't roll well, and despite adding milk, and then extra flour, it was either too dry or too sticky. The dough for the gingerbread house was much easier to use, tasted better, and was more like a biscuit than a cake.

bubblybex's picture

I just tried this recipe and following the recommendation from other comments, I used brown castor sugar and added a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and upped the ginger to a full heaped teaspoon.

But I'm a little disappointed as they haven't cooked very well at all, and there isn't any big ginger kick there either (which is the good old gingerbread i remember).

Anyone got any suggested for how to give it some oomph? I'd planed to bake these as gifts for xmas.


rikback's picture

Great recipe, my kids loved helping me make this!

drfabio's picture

I'm thinking of making one huge batch of dough but baking it at different times over Christmas so they're always fresh - would I freeze the dough before baking, or after?

snail-'s picture

Yum!! Great for christmas :)

wilsonford's picture

I made enough of this dough for a class of 30 children in year 1 of primary, who all made gingerbread at school with it. They loved it and it was so simple.

Brilliant recipe that we will make again and again.

kitkatkin's picture

I doubled the amount of ginger as suggested but really wasn't impressed with this recipe. Very bland and not sweet at all - not like the gingerbread I remember as a child!

teamben's picture

These are really easy to make and tasty too. We also added more ginger and cinamon which definitly helped bring out the flavour.

lsandrews's picture

I made this recipe into little men instead of trees, the kids and husband love them.


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