Soft chewy gingerbread biscuits are perfect at Christmas time. These bite-sized little ginger biscuits are ideal to make with your kids too as well as being great for snack time!
These Gingerbread Biscuits are Great to Make with your Kids
I first made these soft chewy gingerbread biscuits with Little Miss Spice when she was just 19 months old. Even at that age she loved using her cookie cutters and playing with the cookie dough. I think she thought it was playdoh!
So of course when I was given a gingerbread man cutter I was excited to use it with her. I had never made gingerbread men before so I thought we would have a great time together making gingerbread men.
Well, I wanted to make gingerbread men. Little Miss Spice had other ideas. She didn't seem to like the idea of making little men and only wanted to use the star, tree and butterfly cutters. Bells were acceptable too. But no little men. Not even one.
I even kept some of the gingerbread cookie dough in the fridge and tried again in a few days time but little Miss Spice still did not want little gingerbread men!
Christmas gingerbread biscuit shapes
It's now 5 years since I first made these and I'm pleased to report that we have managed to use that gingerbread man cutter! However, as these biscuits are perfect for Christmas I like to use stars and Christmas trees instead.
What is the texture of these gingerbread biscuits?
Some gingerbread biscuits are very hard but I like my ginger biscuit to be a little soft. These ones are just right. They're soft and a bit chewy so you definitely won't break any teeth on them! The recipe makes a huge amount of little biscuits but of course that will depend a little on the size of your cookie cutters.
How quickly do you have to eat them?
I have found that these biscuits keep really well in an airtight container for at least a week and probably longer. They are so moreish! You'll be glad you made a big batch.
However, if you really think you'll have a problem eating all these gingerbread cookies up then you can freeze the dough and use it later. You can also keep the uncooked dough in the fridge for a couple of days wrapped in cling film.
Can you use this dough to make a gingerbread house?
I'm afraid not. This dough makes soft gingerbread biscuits so it wouldn't hold up the weight of a gingerbread house.
Can you adapt the gingerbread recipe?
You can see from my recipe that I've use ginger and cinnamon in these ginger biscuits. That's just because I love ginger and cinnamon together and think it makes a great flavour for these biscuits. They still taste more of ginger than of cinnamon. However, if you want to make them more traditional then omit the cinnamon and use more ginger instead. You can also vary the recipe by using mixed spice or by adding some nutmeg.
If you like spiced biscuits then why not check out my recipe for lebkuchen?
Why not give some of these soft gingerbread cookies as gifts?
Who doesn't love being giving cookies as a Christmas present, especially homemade ones! These chewy gingerbread cookies make a great homemade present. Just put them in an airtight box and wrap them up prettily!
You could also gift these delicious caramelised pecans.
Recipe for Soft Gingerbread Biscuits
- 350 g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 115 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 175 g soft light brown sugar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp icing sugar optional
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices in a bowl. Soften the butter slightly in the microwave if it is straight out of the fridge or use room temperature butter. Chop the butter into cubes and add to the flour mixture. Rub in in with your fingers. Then stir in the sugar.
- Put the golden syrup and egg in another bowl and beat together. Then stir into the flour mixture. Knead it with your hands until you get a stiff but smooth dough.
- Line baking trays with baking paper.
- Roll the dough out so it is 5mm thick and then use whatever cutters you want to make biscuits. Put them on the baking trays.
- Bake in the oven for 7 minutes for biscuits that are still a bit soft and chewy on the inside or for 9-10 minutes if you prefer harder biscuits.
- If you want sift the icing sugar over the biscuits to decorate.
More Festive Christmas Baking
I love making biscuits and other sweet bakes with my kids at Christmas time. Well, not just at Christmas! I love it at any time of year!
If you are looking for Christmas bakes do take a look at these recipes:
You might also like my ginger cake recipe.
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