Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits

December 15, 2013 at 10:12 am (Recipes) (, , , )

Nothing says Christmas more than the aroma of baking gingerbread.  This recipe in particular, from Margaret Fulton’s 12 Days of Christmas, will fill the house with a spicy fragrance as you prepare the spiced sugar syrup.  The gingerbread biscuits will keep for over a week in an airtight container, so it’s worth making a big batch.  Perfect also for gifting and as a Christmas project for the kiddies.

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Ingredients (~40 biscuits)

  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 250g butter, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarb soda

Method

  • Place the golden syrup, sugar, spices and butter in a large mixing bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Stir until the sugar and butter have melted and the ingredients well combined, then take off the heat and leave to cool for 15mins.

Xmas Gingerbread - Syrup

  • Mix the beaten eggs into the cooled syrup.  Sift together the flour and bicarb in a separate bowl, then add to the syrup/egg mixture in two batches, mixing well in between additions.  Knead the mixture until it comes together to form a smooth dough.  Cover with cling film and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180degC (fan-forced) and line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.
  • Roll out portions of the rested dough to a thickness of 5mm and cut into desired shapes.  Bake the biscuits for ~10mins until brown.  As the biscuits cook so quickly, I bake them in batches whilst rolling out the rest of the dough, switching out cooked biscuits onto a cooling rack to re-use the trays.

Xmas Gingerbread - Dough

  • Allow the biscuits to cool completely before decorating.  For the Xmas trees, prepare a simple icing from icing sugar, a splash of vanilla extract and enough water to get it to a smooth consistency for piping (size 2 or 3 nozzle).  Edible adhesive will be handy for adding button decorations to the gingerbread boys and girls.

Xmas Gingerbread

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