Spicy Tree Biscuits

A really fun activity for big and small kids alike! A lovely thing to do together as a family, or a great idea for gifts.

You will need: saucepan, bowl, spoon, rolling pin, cookie cutters (xmas themed), baking trays, icing bag, cooling rack


  • 175g dark muscovado sugar
  • 85g golden syrup
  • 100g butter
  • 3 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarb
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • for the icing – could use either white chocolate or white icing flavoured with lemon juice and then add silver balls and other sprinkly goodness.

Heat the sugar, syrup and butter until melted in the pan, add to a bowl with the dry ingredients, then add the egg and the bicarb (having been dissolved in 1tsp of cold water). Mix well until doughy. Clingfilm and put in the fridge for at least an hour. Heat oven to 170c fan and roll the dough out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out your shapes and put on baking trays and bake for 12-15mins. If you plan to hang the biscuits from the tree, make a small hole in the top of the biscuits before baking. Let them cool before decorating however you like and then hanging on your tree or giving as gifts. They will remain edible for about a week, but will be good for decorations for a good while longer.

Make it different:

  • Instead of decorating with icing or chocolate, use a smaller size of the same shape cutter to cut a hole in each biscuit and scatter a layer of crushed boiled sweets (same colour) before popping in the oven as normal. Add some orange zest to the mixture if you like too.
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