skulls Originally published on Mummy Makes Cakes’ blog this recipe is perfect for making with children. It can all be done very easily, by hand, in a large bowl; so your budding chefs can feel like they really are creating their biscuits from scratch.



For Halloween I love using my day of the dead skull cookie cutters and then decorating them with ready made icing tubes and mini smarties. If you prefer more traditional shapes you could always make gingerbread people, or any shape you like. We usually include a few train shapes for my Thomas obsessed son.


Gingerbread biscuits
A really easy recipe that works with any shape cookie cutter you like!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 350g Plain flour plus extra for rolling out the dough
  2. 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (for soft biscuits – for crunchier biscuits use 1 teaspoon only)
  3. 1 and a half teaspoons ground ginger
  4. 100g Unsalted butter
  5. 175g light muscavado sugar
  6. 4 tablespoons golden syrup (and a small dish of vegetable / corn oil to dip the spoon in)
  7. 1 egg (beaten)
  8. mini smarties and ready mixed writing icing to decorate
  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger
  2. Cut the butter into cubes with a table knife and place bowl with the flour mixture
  3. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the sugar
  5. Add the golden syrup (see the tip below)
  6. Stir into a smooth dough
  7. Scatter some plain flour onto your work surface to stop the dough sticking- not too much or the dough will become dry
  8. At this point preheat your oven to 180c fan
  9. Roll out the dough and cut out your shapes - the skulls I use have a stamp on the back to add the pattern but any cookie cutters will do.
  10. Place the biscuits on greased baking trays and bake in the preheated 180c fan oven for about 10 minutes until smooth and golden.
  11. Place the biscuits on wire racks to cool
  12. Decorate with the ready mixed icing and mini smarties
Tip for the golden syrup
  1. Dip the spoon into a small dish of vegetable oil between each spoonful of syrup. The syrup will then slip straight off the spoon into the bowl.
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