I still fondly remember Christmas from when I was little. Strangely enough it isn’t the presents I remember, but the simple things like the smell of the Christmas tree, clementines, and spices. Now that I’m grown a little older I still try to create a little magic at Christmas, only now it’s my daughter Mia’s memories that I’m trying to create.
This recipe for Gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits is so named because they’re the kind you hang on your tree as decorations, not because they’re shaped like one (although some are). They are unlikely to last all the way until Christmas – my 4 year old daughter and 7 year old dog are likely to prevent that – but while they last they provide a lingering spiced fragrance, which should go some way towards satisfying my nostalgia.
Recipe: Gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits
Summary: These gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits are delicious and should provide a festive spiced aroma through the whole season.
- 325g Plain Flour
- 100g Unsalted Butter
- 100g Golden Syrup
- 100g Muscavado Sugar
- 3 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Mixed Spice
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 1 egg, Lightly Beaten
- 1 Pinch Salt
- Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees c / 375 f.
- Beat the butter with the sugar in a large bowl until pale and combined (about 5 minutes).
- Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl, then mix together.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined – don’t overwork it.
- Cover the bowl, and place into the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour until cold.
- Turn out onto a floured worktop, and roll out until about 0.5cm (about 1/8th inch) thick.
- Cut into festive shapes with whatever you have; Christmas shaped cutters are great, but use a knife if you don’t have them. Make a hole with a cocktail stick near the top for your string.
- Place on a baking tray lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat, and place into the oven.
- They’ll be ready in about 9 minutes; keep checking, and remove just as the edges start to colour – be prepared, once they start to colour they’ll burn quickly.
- Leave on the tray for a couple of minutes, they’ll harden as they cool and will be easier to remove as a result.
- Once fully cooled, thread through some cotton and hang on your tree, stealing a couple as a cooks treat!
Preparation time: 1 hour(s) 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)