Spiced biscuits are perfect for cold wintery days, to have with a cup of coffee or tea and the kids love them just as much especially when they can ice them and put sprinkles on them. I found this recipe a few years ago in a magazine and have adapted it to my liking. It’s a really quick recipe as well compared to the more traditional Gingerbread men recipe. It also uses Spelt flour which gives the biscuits a melt in your mouth texture, but if you don’t have spelt flour you can use ordinary white flour.
I am not going to lie, baking with kids can be hard work, but they like getting involved, so to make it easy on myself I will usually make the dough while they are busy playing and once the biscuits are cooked and cooled they can decorate them to their heart’s content. I just set up an area on the kitchen table, with a few options. (today though they have helped through the process).
- 120g softened butter
- 50g icing sugar
- 150g of Spelt flour – you can use plain flour if you don’t have spelt flour
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp mixed spice
Beat the butter and icing sugar until pale and fluffy.
Add the flour and spices and combine until soft dough forms. Be careful to not overmix.
Pop the dough in between two sheets of plastic wrap or baking paper and roll out flat. Place on a baking tray and pop into the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Unwrap the chilled dough and use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Reroll out cut-offs gently, you don’t want to work the dough too much.
Place the biscuits onto the tray and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Watch them though as they can burn quickly. (past experience) If you need to do this in two batches this is fine, just place leftover dough in the fridge.
Let the biscuits cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Let the kids decorate or leave plain. I have found for my children as they are still young that using these little tubes from Queen makes it easy for them and less messy for me. These can be found in the baking area of any supermarket. We have a selection of sprinkles that I have bought from the supermarket and Cakestuff in Hastings.
If you need to make icing: Mix 1 cup of icing sugar with a Table Spoon of hot water and a few drops of food colouring. Add a little bit more water if you need to. If the icing is too runny, just add a little more icing sugar.