Monday, November 11, 2013


My Christmas tree is up and I'm getting into the spirit with some early festive baking!  I can't believe I've never made these before - they are divine!  They are a German biscuit and just embody that Christmas spice taste.  Perfect to wrap up as little gifts...or to eat yourself (just try and stop at one!)  I made a couple of batches, and in one I was a bit impatient in letting the mixture cool - those ones didn't turn out as well, so it's definitely worth following the instructions for the perfect taste and texture :-)  These will also freeze well, so you can get organised now (I have to hide them from my husband so they actually last until Christmas!)  Enjoy these ones, I know you will!

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1/2 cup golden syrup
125g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Combine golden syrup, butter and vanilla in a small saucepan over low heat.  Cook, stirring often, until butter has melted and ingredients have combined.

Remove from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.  Stir in the beaten egg.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, bicarb and spices. 

Gradually add the liquid and stir until well combined.  Chill the dough in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius/150 fan-foced.

Line two large trays with baking paper.  Roll dough into balls about 2cm in diameter.  Place onto the trays, allowing room for them to spread.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until they are slightly firm on top.  They may have small cracks - that's okay!

While they are still warm, roll in icing sugar to coat.  If you like, you can roll them a second time for extra coating once they've cooled.

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