The children love a home made biscuit, other than that we are not really huge biscuit eaters. Last year I brought you some lovely Christmas tree cookies but this year I have a new recipe thanks to Schwartz and decided to make them fun by putting the biscuits on lolly sticks which then got sent off to a cake sale at my daughter’s school. The ones that were left didn’t last long at all.
- 450g plain flour
- 200g caster sugar
- 250g unsalted butter
- 4tbsp golden syrup
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4tsp ground ginger
- 2tsp ground cinnamon
- Pre heat the oven to 180•c / 350•F / Gas mark 4
- Sift the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Add a little sea salt
- Add the sugar and butter and rub in until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs
- Mix the golden syrup and egg together and add to the mixture stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Bring the mixture together to form a dough and then knead until stiff.
- Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into quarters. Use a quarter at a time and put the rest back into the fridge. (You could freeze any unwanted dough for another time)
- Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 3mm and cut into shapes. If you have a special cutter for making small holes make them now for the ribbon if the biscuits are to be hung on the tree. I got my cutters from Lakeland.
- If you intend to make these into lollipop biscuits push a lolly stick carefully up into the middle of the biscuits, you can patch up any gaps with excess dough and they will look fine and be very secure.
- Bake the biscuits for approximately 12 minutes, it really depends on the thickness of the biscuit.
- Remove from oven and cool on a rack
- If you haven’t already made a hole for ribbon, if required, then using a wooden skewer make a hole in the biscuits whilst they are still warm.
- When cooled decorate the biscuits with icing and ribbon. I used edible glitter to give the biscuits even more of a festive feel.
Makes approximately 60-80 biscuits
Thank you to Schwartz for providing the ingredients for the biscuits.