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Gingerbread trees

Gingerbread trees

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(39 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 12 mins

Easy

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

  • kcalories96
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.17g
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Ingredients

  • 75g softened butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp 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

    Ginger

    jin-jer

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

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Method

  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)

mrsrobins's picture
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I added a teaspoon of the spices in response to the comments that they were rather bland, and used 1/2 golden caster sugar and 1/2 dark muscovado sugar in response to comments that they were a bit pale. The result: perfectly tasting and looking biscuits! A classic.

ermintrude75's picture
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5/5 for a brilliant simple recipe, but they really need more oomph on the spices. I felt they were rather bland. Next time I would double the ginger and perhaps add nutmeg and some fine clementine zest. They seem to come out very pale compared to the ones on the photo, so I would maybe also try the recipe with dark treacle instead of golden syrup.

shnushnu's picture
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easy to follow, and easy to fix when it goes wrong! put too much syrup in but still ended yummy :)

seaberry's picture
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Practically idiot-proof! I use this recipe often with my 3 children although they prefer mini gingerbread men shaped ones! I've been asked for the recipe many times, it's a big hit at school and preschool fundraisers.

michykai's picture
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This recipe is fantastic. My family loved them!

sweet_fa's picture
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Fantastic! A lovely traditional spiced biscuit just perfect at Christmas...yum.

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