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Make it Monday: Gingerbread

December 7, 2009

Oh, the tree is up and I am starting to feel very festive! I love making these gingerbread biscuits, I have a tree shaped cutter which I use. I hung them all over the tree one year but put them up too soon and as they softened they dropped off the tree one by one! Much better to just eat them but I do love the traditional decorations! I am going to make these as part of the hampers we are making for our parents for Christmas.

Makes: 25 gingerbread people (or any number of decorations!)
Ingredients

125g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
325g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
Supercook Writing Icing (optional)

Method
1.Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Line baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat.
2.Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl and stir the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a stiff dough.
3.Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 5mm (I do this between two layers of cling film, no mess). Dip biscuit cutters into flour before cutting the dough, or cut around templates. Place the shapes onto the lined baking trays and bake, in batches, for 9-10 minutes until light golden brown.
4.Remove from the oven. While still warm, and using a skewer or chopstick, make any holes that you will need to hang up the biscuits with ribbon.
5.When completely cool, decorate with the icing. The gingerbread biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Yum 🙂

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9 Comments

  • Reply A Modern Mother December 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for this. I love cut out ginger bread cookies. Will bookmark this.

  • Reply TheMadHouse December 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yummy, yum, yum. I will add this to my ever growing baking list

  • Reply Very Bored Housewife December 7, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Mmmm I love gingerbread. Might have a go at making these tomorrow with the boy. Thanks.

  • Reply Bec December 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    so this is what you'll be bringing Friday yes yes?? xxxxxxxxxxx

  • Reply Emily O December 8, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Yum, please can I use this post on my blog http://motherknowsbest.wordpress.com? I'd link to your post

  • Reply SnafflesMummy December 10, 2009 at 9:00 am

    yum yum yum, not so great for my GI diet! I might have to dedicate the entire month of December to Christmas!

  • Reply amberlife December 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I did some biscuits like this years ago when my children were little and hung them on the tree far too early – we were still hoovering them up weeks after Christmas!!

  • Reply Bec December 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I tasted these today, I can vouch that they are AMAZING!

  • Reply WADs December 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    yummmmmmeeeeeee, thanks for this my, my mum loves anything gingerbread manish so these will be great to make for her x

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