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Sugar and spice cookies

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Christmas cookies
Christmas cookies
  • Makes: 20

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe These pretty sugar and spice gingerbread men and heart-shaped cookies make a great Christmas treat. Make them into special but cost-effective gifts for your friends and family. They take an hour and 20 minutes to make and are a really fun bake to try with kids. Use any Christmas-themed cookie cutters if you don't want to make them into gingerbread men and you can make them winter-themed instead!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 30g (1oz) unsalted butter
  • 60g (2oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 2-4 tbsp juice
  • 60g (2oz) ground almonds
  • 1 large egg
To decorate:
  • 50g (5oz) icing sugar, sieved
  • Silver balls
  • Parchment paper and baking sheets
  • 5cm (2in) biscuit cutters
  • Small plain piping nozzle
  • Paper piping bag

To give: Thread ribbon through holes in biscuits. Wrap in cellophane. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Kids’ baking set £8.99, Ikea (www.ikea.co.uk). Gingham tin, £3.49, Butlers (www.butlersinternational. de/home).

Method

  1. Put the honey, butter and sugar into a small pan and stir over a low heat until the butter is melted.
  2. Sieve the flour, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the lemon zest and ground almonds.
  3. Pour the egg, melted mixture and lemon juice into the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
  4. Knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface for a couple of mins, then wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer for 30 mins to firm up.
  5. Set the oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180°C. Roll out the dough to a 5mm (¼in) thickness, on a parchment-lined surface, and stamp out the biscuit shapes. You should be able to get about 20. Push the tip of a tiny plain piping nozzle near the top edge of each biscuit, and lift out to make a hole.
  6. Put the biscuits on to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. To decorate: Mix the icing sugar with 4 tsp hot water, to make a smooth icing. Spoon into a paper piping bag with the nozzle. Pipe icing on the biscuits and decorate with silver balls. Leave to set.

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 135(kcal)
  • Fat 4.0g
  • Saturates 1.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Jolene Akehurst

Just made these biscuits for Valentine's Day - a great recipe. Lovely spices and the ground almonds add a nice texture.

GTK Editor

Hi Jen, you should be able to get around 20 gingerbread men from the dough. Jolene

Jen

How many does this make?

Margaret Miller

These look lovely, whilst I haven't yet tried them, I would alter the icing! Instead of using the basic glace icing with icing sugar and water, I would use mascarpone and then top with the coconut. This would make a more profession topping for them and increase the snowy effect.

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