Think of ginger biscuits and what do you think of? Ginger nuts from Grandma’s or some lovely large spicy ginger biscuits made by a favourite shop or beloved friend? I certainly think these biscuits resemble the latter. They are lovely to offer when a friend comes round. It’s like giving them a warm hug in a biscuit!
These ginger cookies are easy to make and not too sweet and are a comforting and delicious snack at any time of day. They are like a hug in a biscuit
These cookies would also make a lovely gift whether at Christmas or when visiting friends. Packaged in some sellophane with some ribbon, they make a very special, spicy present.
Ginger – A Very Special Spice
Ginger is a very special spice.
Warming and comforting, it soothes the soul. It is adaptable and used for so many dishes from curries, to drinks, from wine to ice cream. It is also known for its medicinal properties, in fact long before it was used as a flavouring and spice, and it is still used for its properties today.
For example, pregnant ladies who are feeling a little nauseous are advised to nibble on ginger biscuits to help them to feel better.
It has been used to alleviate stomach upsets, arthritis and the common cold. The ginger cookies are an ideal way to bring cheer to anyone suffering from these ailments.
Ginger became popular in the 1500s as a flavouring and it is rumoured that Elizabeth I was fond of gingerbread biscuits.
And ginger is a spice for all seasons. Ginger wine at Christmas time is soothing and cold ginger beer in the summer is reviving. A warm ginger and cinnamon drink feels like it keeps out the cold in the winter and ginger ice cream cools you down in the summer
Ginger In Biscuits
These ginger cookies are not too sweet and sufficiently gingery. They have both ginger and cinnamon in them and you can adjust the quantity according to how spicy you would like them. I have also added small pieces of stem ginger in the cookies, which is optional, but does make them extra special.
You can buy jars of stem ginger from most supermarkets. Lovely used in gingerbread too – and served as a dessert with some good vanilla ice cream!
Ginger Biscuit Recipe
- 55g / 2oz butter
- 85g / 3oz light muscavado sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 170g / 6oz plain flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 3 cubes stem ginger, finely chopped (optional)
- Splash of milk
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment or grease it well
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
- Beat in the egg
- Add the ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda to the flour
- Mix thoroughly with into the egg, butter and sugar
- Add the chopped stem ginger if using
- Add just a splash of milk so the mixture is not too dry
- Draw the dough together with your hands
- Roll out on a floured surface to about 3mm thick
- Cut out rounds – or a shape you like
- Place on baking tray
- Bake for about 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and leave to cool on tray
- When nearly cool transfer to a wire cooling rack
- Store in an air tight container
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