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Christmas of 2011 I made my first gingerbread biscuits! So this Christmas just gone, I wanted to get the recipe perfect… it turned out pretty well… So, i’ll share. (It’s a bit of a mish mosh of a random selection of recipes that I tested and adapted.)

Ingredients: 

350g plain flour,

1tbs ground ginger,

1tsp ground cinnamon,

1/2 tsp ground mixed spice,

1tsp bicarb,

175g butter,

150g brown sugar,

4tbs golden syrup.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4….

Sift all the dry ingredients together into a mixing bowl.

Put the butter, sugar, and syrup into a large saucepan. Heat over a low flame until it’s all melted together. Remove from the heat and add the dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon to make a dough.

Tip onto a floured worktop and leave to cool until it’s cool enough to handle. Gently knead to make a neat ball. Leave until cold before rolling out. (You can wrap in clingfilm and cool in the fridge if you want!)

Roll out to about a pound coin thickness. Cut into whatever shapes you want! (I find if you dip the cutters into flour before cutting, it stops them sticking!) I did some trad’ men, and some regular biscuits, and some little gingerbread bites. And I also added chocolate chips for half of them. If you want to use chocolate ¬†chips put them on now, before you bake!

Grease and line baking trays. Don’t put them too close together, because they grow!

Bake for 8-10 mins until a little bit browner. But they’re going to be really spongy until they’re cooled, so don’t worry! I like my gingerbread chewy, so if you’re more of a snappy gingerbread person, just leave them slightly longer. Leave them on the tray to cool completely! And… enjoy! You can decorate with a royal icing if you like! (I’m not a huge fan, so it’s your choice!)

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K.

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