Making Gingerbread

Making gingerbread biscuits is a fun holiday season activity for kids.  It can be made into presents or as a fun activity.  I adapted the recipe I used to make our Gingerbread House from Taste because the biscuit was really yummy!

gingerbread hearts


If you do decide to make gingerbread biscuits with kids, it can be done in two parts. You can make the dough yourself beforehand, and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to do the activity  the kids.  The kids can help roll, shape, bake and decorate the biscuits.  This makes this activity manageable.


3 1/2 cups SR flour
1 cup Plain flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
185g butter
1/2 cup golden syrup
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Royal icing

1 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar


You can colour the icing with food colouring or add any other form of decoration like sprinkles, lollies or smarties.


1. Using an electric mixer, combine flour, spice, butter and sugar.

2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs and golden syrup.

3. Add syrup mixture to the batter until just combined. It will look a bit crumbly.

4. Empty bowl contents on a floured surface and knead dough until it comes together.

5. Cover dough in cling wrap and refrigerate dough for an hour.

6. Roll out dough to 5 mm thick and use a biscuit cutter to shape the dough.

7. Place shapes on a biscuits tray lined with baking paper.

8. Cook in a preheated 180 oven for about 15 minutes (until the bread is just golden).

9. Allow to cool before decorating.


Combine ingredients and either pipe on biscuits in a pattern or cover entire biscuit and decorate. I didn’t have a piping bag so I placed the icing in a plastic zip-lock bag and put a small puncture in one of the corners. Allow icing to set for about an hour.

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{knead and roll}

gingerbread biscuit recipe

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gingerbread biscuit recipe -- shaping the dough


gingerbread buscuit recipe -- decorating


ginberbread buscuit recipe -- finished


The kids had a lot of fun doing this but it was messy.


I did this as an activity for the kids but they make a wonderful last minute Christmas gift too.  Here are some inspiration shots from around the web.

gingerbread decorationsImage from Anna Lou

gingerman biscuitImage from Baking Bites

gingerbread cookiesImage from Blessed Homemaker

Gingerbread_BiscuitsImage from Bakers’ Corner

christmas tree gingerbread decorationImage from Monsieur Wag

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  • Reply
    December 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

    My daughter was looking at the computer while I scrolled through this post. She begged me to try them right now! We were not quite as artistic as your pictures, but they were probably just as tasty!

  • Reply
    December 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Yummy! Looks like you all had heaps of fun!

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