Gingerbread cookies
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Gingerbread cookies

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Serves 1 - 18 Cookies

originating in England. In the late 16th century, at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, honored guests at court were sometimes presented with their portrait in gingerbread.

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  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp of ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees C


    1. sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl
    2. chop the butter into small pieces, and rub into dry mixture until the consistency of fine breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and mix together
    3. mix the beaten egg and add to the mixture, mixing together to form a dough
    4. Roll out on a floured surface (ensure you flower bothe the rolling pin and the table very well as this helps wen cutting into shapes once rolled) to about 3mm thick, then cut out what ever shapes you want. Put onto a tray lined with baking paper, decorate as much as you like although i like to keep mine simple with a good sprinkle of cinnamon sugar yum!
    5. cook for approximately 15 minutes depending on size of biscuit.
    6. When they are cooked, leave on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack, and leave to cool completely.

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22nd Dec, 2011
This was not nice- biscuits had a dry soda like taste and were rather dull in taste and texture.
18th Apr, 2011
didnt taste very nice, you could taste the bicarbonate of soda like hazel said!
19th Nov, 2016
I haven't tried it yet. I wanted to make it then I saw the comments and decided not to make it.
30th Sep, 2010
I used this recipe to make gingerbread men with my great-granddaughter. It was a good recipe to use with a child but the results were disappointing. They were not sweet enough and I could taste the bicarbonate of soda. Ugh! Should there have been golden syrup or treacle included in the recipe? Maybe Queen Elizabeth 1 did not have a sweet tooth? If I made this again I would use less bicarbonate of soda and add more sugar or some other sweet ingredient.
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