Biscuits or decorations? These gingerbread stars double up as both!
These pretty gingerbread biscuits will make a pretty, festive centrepiece for a Christmas party. Hang them on decorative twigs so that they look like Christmas ornaments and enjoy them with Christmas coffee after your meal.
Prep time: 20 minutes (plus 30 minutes cooling)
Baking time: 10 – 15 minutes
For the biscuits:
300g plain flour
150g unsalted butter, softened
¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp mixed spice
130g soft, light brown sugar
100g golden syrup
16 clear, coloured boiled sweets
3 metres of ribbon (2mm wide) or twine
Decorative twigs in a vase
- In a saucepan, melt the butter and sugar and golden syrup over a low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice.
- Once it has cooled add the butter mixture into the flour and stir together until you have a soft dough.
- Remove the dough from the bowl, wrap it in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
- Line two baking sheets with baking paper and preheat the oven to 200˚c /gas mark 6.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out, with a rolling pin, until it is around 5mm thick.
- Using a large star-shaped, cookie-cutter, stamp out the gingerbread biscuits. Transfer the stars to the lined trays and then with a smaller star-shaped, cookie-cutter stamp out the centre of each biscuit.
- Make a 5mm hole in the top of each of the biscuits.
- Crush the boiled sweets, but keep them in their separate colours. Then fill the holes of the biscuits with the broken sweets.
- Bake the biscuits in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are slightly golden and the boiled sweets have melted.
- Leave the biscuits to cool on the baking trays (the melted sweets need to re-harden), then move to a wire rack to completely cool.
- Create decorative patterns with the writing icing and thread ribbon or twine through the holes that you made at the top of each biscuit.
- String a couple onto decorative twigs as a centrepiece for a Christmas party.
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