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Gingerbread stars

Christmas Recipes Recipes Seasonal

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

Makes: 16

Ingredients:

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

To decorate:

Writing icing
3 metres of ribbon (2mm wide) or twine
Decorative twigs in a vase

 

Method:

  • 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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