We awoke this morning to squeals of delight coming from Thomas & Jasmines bedroom.
“Its Christmas, its Christmas”
It took us a moment to wake up fully and then they were running in to our bedroom.
“Its Christmas. Its snowing!”
Oh, to be 5 years old again 🙂
We explained that it wasn’t quite Christmas just yet, it was just snowing. They were still happy because that meant that “Elf Pepper is still staying with us then”
Some time later we made it downstairs for breakfast and found that indeed Elf Pepper was still staying with us, and he had planned to make biscuits with us today 😉
There was just the small matter of snow to play in first!
Once we’d got back indoors and had hot chocolate and popcorn while watching The Snowman (it had to be done!) we started on the biscuits.
It is a basic gingerbread recipe, but you add a boiled sweet into the centre to give a wonderful effect.
- 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 100g/3½oz butter
- 175g/6oz soft brown sugar
- 1 free-range egg, beaten
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- packet wrapped fruit-flavoured boiled sweets in different colour
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
For the biscuits, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ginger together in a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. In another bowl, beat together the egg and golden syrup, then pour this mixture into the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.
Roll the dough out on a floured work surface to about 0.5cm/¼in thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas-themed cookie cutters. Transfer the biscuits to baking sheets lined with baking paper. Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with one or two boiled sweets. Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later.
Bake the biscuits in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown.
They are so simple to bake, and are delicious to eat!