• 350g plain flour
• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon mixed spice
• 100g cold butter
• 175g dark brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 4 tablespoons of golden syrup
• Pre-heat oven to 180°C
• Line two baking trays with silicon liners or greaseproof paper
Sieve together flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice into a large bowl.
Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour with fingertips until it is all breadcrumb-y, then add the sugar.
Beat together the egg and golden syrup in a jug (it will look horrible but don’t worry)
Tip the egg and golden syrup mixture into the flour mixture and stir it well, use your hands to bring it together into a ball, if it is too sticky sprinkle on some extra flour, turn it out onto the work surface and knead it until it is a nice smooth dough. If you have time, wrap it up in clingfilm and put it in the fridge for 30mins but don’t worry if you don’t!
roll it out to about 5mm thickness (thicker is better than thinner if you want squishier biscuits), cut out whatever Christmas / crazy shapes you fancy, lay them out on the lined baking trays (allow room for them to spread a bit)
bake at 180°C for about 12 – 15mins until they have risen slightly are golden brown and look cooked, keep an eye on them as if they are overcooked, they go really hard.
decorate with icing and sprinkles (classy and coordinated or otherwise!)