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Festive Spice Cookies

By ellie_bee42 (GoodFood Community)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5.2 ratings
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • 30 minutes plus 4 hours chilling time.
  • Easy
  • Makes Cookies
A lovely soft cookie spiced with ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.


  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 170g butter, softened
  • 70g soft light brown sugar
  • 150g honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • a selection of smarties or other coloured chocolate beans, or any other decorations that you want


  • STEP 1
    Sieve the flour, spices and salt together into a bowl and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add the honey and beaten egg. Stir to fully combine. Sift in the dry ingredients in a few batches. The mixture will be a bit stiff but still soft and not dry.
  • STEP 2
    Divide the dough into two batches and wrap the halves in cling film. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.
  • STEP 3
    Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line several large baking trays with greaseproof paper, or if they are non-stick simply butter them and set aside.
  • STEP 4
    Lightly flour the work surface, then roll out one half of the dough. Stamp out festive trees using a tree-shaped cutter. Lay on the baking sheets with spaces between them, then add on the smarties or other coloured beans.
  • STEP 5
    When you have stamped out enough to fill the tray, place in the oven and bake for 8 - 10 minutes. They want to be golden in colour but still fairly soft as they harden up a little after cooking. Repeat this process until all the mixture has been used up. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
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