Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread, and it doubles as a fun festive activity for kids who like cutting out the shapes, too. Make them to tuck into, or keep some back to hang on your tree (they'll last a few days). Why not go crazy with the decorations? Our kitchen ended up covered in sprinkles and a snowstorm of icing sugar, but the kids were delighted.
- 110g unsalted butter
- 75ml golden syrup
- 80g light brown sugar
- 250g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 egg, beaten
- Pinch of salt
For the icing
- 125g icing sugar
- Decorations of your choice
1. Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan and melt over a low heat until dissolved. Allow to cool, then beat in the egg.
2. Put the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir. Add the wet mixture and mix well until it comes together to form a stiff dough. Roll into a smooth ball and then put into a bowl. Cover and put in the fridge for a couple of hours or more.
3. When you're ready to roll it out, pre-heat the oven to 190c/170c fan/gas 5.
4. Flour a surface lightly and roll out the dough until it's around 0.5cm thick. Cut out festive shapes of your choice until all the dough has been used. Place the dough shapes on a lined baking sheet (we used three baking sheets and made around 25 biscuits). Make sure you leave space between the biscuits as they will grow in the oven.
5. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes, then move to a rack to cool fully.
6. To ice, add a tablespoon of hot water to the icing sugar and mix well. It will form a thick paste that you can pipe using a piping bag or, if you're careful, a thick plastic sandwich bag with a little bit of the corner snipped off. Decorate as you like and then leave to harden.
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