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Gingerbread Christmas Biscuits

Big Batch Gingerbread Christmas Biscuits

Bec Lloyd
This will make a LOT of gingerbread, the exact number depends on the size of the cookie-cutters you choose. Chilling the dough is an essential step, don't skip it! Plan for a 3 hour gap between the dough making and the biscuit making, OR freeze the dough and bake small batches whenever you like.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Gift, Snack
Cuisine Traditional European

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cling wrap
  • Rolling Pin
  • Christmas shape cookie cutters
  • 2 baking/cookie trays
  • baking paper
  • 2 wire cooling racks

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • cups golden syrup
  • ½ cup warm water

Instructions
 

Make the dough

  • Mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves.
  • Whisk the baking powder in the warm water until dissolved.
  • Slowly add in the golden syrup and baking powder water to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Roll dough into one or two balls and cover with cling wrap. Chill in the fridge for AT LEAST 3 hours.

Optional: freezing instructions

  • Roll the dough into several 'logs' and wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then roll out, cut into shapes, and bake.

Bake the biscuits

  • Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Sprinkle benchtop with flour and flour the rolling pin. Take a section of the gingerbread dough out of the fridge and roll to 1cm thick.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Add leftover dough to the next batch for rolling.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes or until gingerbread people look lightly golden.
  • Continue to roll, cut, and bake in batches until all done. Keep timers set so you don't lose track.
  • Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container until needed - humidity is the enemy of gingerbread!

Notes

Decorate with a basic icing frosting mixed with a little egg white if desired, (optional) and smarties, mini m&m’s etc.
Keyword biscuit, christmas, cookie, gingerbread
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