Spiced lemon & ginger biscuits on a wire cooling rack

Spiced lemon & ginger biscuits

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus 1 hour chilling


Makes 24

Bake these grown-up gingerbread biscuits, spiced with black pepper and stem ginger. They're perfect after dinner with an iced shot of limoncello or a hot toddy

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked dough only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal131
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 175g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 85g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, zested and 3-4 tsp juice



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 225g plain flour
  • 50g candied lemon peel (or a mix of lemon and orange)
  • 50g stem ginger, chopped into small chunks
  • 100g icing sugar


  1. Mix the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. Stir in the spices, lemon zest and flour, then tip in the candied lemon peel and stem ginger – you might need to get your hands in to bring the mix together as a dough. Divide the dough in two and shape each half into a log about 5cm across. Wrap in cling film, then chill for 1 hr. You can freeze the unbaked dough for up to three months.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Slice the logs into 1cm-thick rounds, place on two baking trays lined with baking parchment and bake for 12-15 mins. Leave to cool completely on the tray.

  3. Mix the lemon juice with the icing sugar to make a thin glaze. Brush over the biscuits and leave to set. Will keep for three days in an airtight container.

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Frantic Flapjack
29th Dec, 2018
These were lovely and a change to heavy gingerbread at Christmas. The lemon glaze is lovely with the spicy biscuits.
24th Nov, 2018
Made these biscuits yesterday and they are scrumptious!! Cooked half the dough and froze the other half in case we could not eat them all!! Silly me very moreish and go down a treat with a cuppa. Very buttery and spicy. Really love the addition of the pepper. Can't comment on how well they keep as they've all gone. Will be making more for the festive season. Top recipe.
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