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Gingerbread biscuits

Try this delicious and easy-to-make gingerbread biscuit recipe. It's perfect for getting the family involved, by cutting out the shapes or icing them once they're baked, and they're perfect with your favourite cuppa.

  • 30 minutes prep. time
  • 8–10 minutes cooking time
  • Serves 10–20
  • Vegetarian & vegan, Family-friendly, Christmas
Gingerbread biscuits on a rack, in angel, Christmas tree, heart and star shapes, drizzled with white icing,
Everyone can have a go at icing these gingerbread biscuits | © National Trust/Lisa Gledhill


  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 125g cold butter, diced
  • 150g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp stem ginger, chopped, plus extra for topping
  • 1 egg

For the icing

  • 125g icing sugar
  • 2 clementines, juiced
  • 2½ tsp stem ginger syrup


Dough storage

Surplus dough can be stored for up to a week in the fridge and baked when needed.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan/gas mark 3). Line enough baking trays for the amount of biscuits you want to bake with greaseproof paper. 

Step 2

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ground ginger into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.

Step 3

Add the sugar, pulse again, and add the golden syrup, ginger syrupstem ginger and egg. Blitz briefly until the mixture comes together and forms a smooth dough.

Step 4

Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Step 5

Roll the dough out to half a centimetre thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use cutters to cut the gingerbread into shapes. You can re-roll the leftover dough after giving it a quick knead.

Step 6

Place the gingerbread shapes on the baking trays, leaving a gap between each one. Bake for 8–10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

Step 7

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Step 8

For the icing

In a small bowl, stir together the icing sugar and juice. Beat in the syrup until the icing is smooth and glossy. 

Step 9

For decorative icing, tip the icing into a small piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off, and pipe your design onto each biscuit. Or simply dip the ends of the biscuits in the icing.

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