Festive gingerbread biscuits

Festive gingerbread biscuits.
Festive gingerbread biscuits. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread. For coloured icing, add a few drops of food colouring before kneading and mix it in well.


200g butter

90g sugar

90g brown sugar

¼ cup treacle

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

1 egg, beaten

450g plain flour

2 tsp baking soda

Pinch salt

500g ready-made white icing (sold at supermarkets)


Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add treacle, spices and egg. Mix well.

Sift flour with baking soda and salt. Add flour to butter and egg mix, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Knead dough lightly, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for one hour. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced). Roll out dough thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes and place on trays lined with baking paper. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, place on wire racks and allow to cool. Remove the ready-made icing from the wrapper and knead (if the icing is hard, microwave on medium power for 20 to 30 seconds to soften).

Lightly dust the work surface with icing sugar and roll out the icing thinly. Cut out shapes with a pastry cutter. Brush the cooled biscuits with water and place the icing shapes on top. Press down lightly.