Spicy tree biscuits

Spicy tree biscuits

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus chilling

Easy

Makes 30-40 depending on size
These cookies are great for getting the kids involved in cooking, and they will look great on the tree too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal119
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.18g
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Ingredients

  • 175g dark muscovado sugar
  • 85g golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

  • 100g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 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-…

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

To finish

  • 100g white chocolate
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • edible silver balls

Method

  1. Heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter until melted. Mix the spices and flour in a large bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 1 tsp cold water. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the melted sugar mix, egg and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well. At this stage the mix will be soft but will firm up on cooling.

  2. Cover the surface of the biscuit mix with cling film and leave to cool, then put in the fridge for at least 1 hr to become firm enough to roll out.

  3. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. (At this stage the dough can be put into a food bag and kept in the fridge for up to a week.) Cut the dough in half. Thinly roll out one half on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cutters, such as gifts, trees and hearts, then transfer to baking sheets, leaving a little room for them to spread. If you plan to hang the biscuits up, make a small hole in the top of each one using a skewer. Repeat with remaining dough.

  4. Bake for 12-15 mins until they darken slightly. If the holes you have made have closed up, remake them while the biscuits are warm and soft using a skewer. Cool for a few mins on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool and harden up completely.

  5. Break up the chocolate and melt in the microwave on Medium for 1-2 mins, or in a small heatproof bowl over simmering water. Drizzle the chocolate over the biscuits, or pipe on shapes or names, then stick a few silver balls into the chocolate. If hung up on the tree, the biscuits will be edible for about a week, but will last a lot longer as decorations.

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cdacn1
18th Dec, 2016
5.05
Great recipe, thanks Mary. Easy and fun to do. Even had a compliment from one saying bezt ginger biscuits they'd had. This is definitely staying with me.
tiger-lilly
12th Dec, 2016
5.05
Came out great!! Doubled up on the spices as some others have mentioned and it was just right. Will make again.
nicolenlolly
9th Oct, 2015
5.05
I love these biscuits and have made hundreds of them. I made 150 for the last christmas party we did and made upside down gingerbread men into reindeer!! I then decorated a whole christmas tree with them. Went down a treat :) I always double up on the spices, I have mixed spice and ginger
chrisandellie
12th Apr, 2014
5.05
I make these biscuits all the time and they're great as they are, without the chocolate decorations. This recipe makes LOADS and they keep for ages in an air tight container. Have had so many compliments too, they're a real crowd pleaser, and can be cut in whatever shape you like to suit the occasion =)
dtall77
3rd Feb, 2013
5.05
I made these in December 2012 - they were handsome. My daughter and I enjoyed cutting the biscuit dough in to funny shapes, like dinosaurs and dogs. Recommended.
emilymcgovern
3rd Jan, 2013
5.05
I coated them in milk chocolate and put white chocolate stars on. They went down a treat!
jane777
2nd Jan, 2013
Found them a little bland so doubled the ginger and cinnamon the second time I made them (my spices were quite old, so maybe that was the reason?). Coated with white chocolate and gave as a gift. Friend was very pleased :)
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kasiakoczwara
22nd Dec, 2012
5.05
Really fab! Used colorful icing as for kids - big hit and very tasty!
emihol
17th Dec, 2012
Sounds good! how long do they last without going stale or stodgy want to know when to make them! thankyou!
albertine
5th Dec, 2012
4.05
good recipe, easy for children to make as long as they're old enough to stir the melting stuff on the hob. We started a new family tradition some years ago of making these before Christmas, decorating with white royal icing and sprinkles (silver balls & edible glitter especially good!) and hanging them on our tree. Also giving to friends instead of Christmas cards - goes down a treat.

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bipgirl
25th Jan, 2015
Dairy Free! I made these with a Diary Free spread (make sure it is suitable for baking on the packet) and they turned out great and delicious - no one noticed that they were different - and I was able to eat them :) Lovely yummy recipe.