Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread biscuits stuck together with lemony icing - choose whatever shapes take your fancy in this festive recipe
Gingerbread cookies
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  • Serves: Makes 25 cookies
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 10 ml ground ginger
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 175 g light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 large egg, beaten

To decorate

  • 225 g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp natural lemon extract, such as Dr Oetker


1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line 3 large baking trays with baking parchment. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fresh breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre.

2. Add the syrup and egg and carefully combine the wet and dry ingredients together until well mixed. Bring the mixture together to form a firm dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and pliable.

3. Roll out the dough to a thickness no greater than 5mm. Using a 5.5cm diameter round, flower or heart-shaped cutter, stamp out approximately 50 shapes, re-rolling the dough as necessary. Arrange the shapes on the prepared baking trays and prick lightly with a fork.

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden and firm. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. For the decoration: place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sieve in the icing sugar, beating well after each addition, to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Add the lemon extract and mix well. Sandwich the cookies together with lemon buttercream and dust with icing sugar before serving.

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