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.

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180•c / 350•F / Gas mark 4
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Add a little sea salt
  3. Add the sugar and butter and rub in until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs
  4. Mix the golden syrup and egg together and add to the mixture stirring with a wooden spoon.
  5. Bring the mixture together to form a dough and then knead until stiff.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Bake the biscuits for approximately 12 minutes, it really depends on the thickness of the biscuit.
  11. Remove from oven and cool on a rack
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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