Easy Traditional Ginger Biscuit Recipe

Ginger biscuits
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Depends on size (24 servings)
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The perfect biscuit for me is an old fashioned ginger biscuit, also known affectionately as ginger nuts or ginger snap. They are spicy yet sweet and everyone loves them, and the best bit, they are easy to make. 

Ginger biscuits are one of Britain's favourite biscuits and we have been eating them for centuries. They make the perfect partner to a hot cup of tea as once cooled after cooking, they become super-hard, so the perfect dunking biscuit.  The ginger in the biscuit is also lovely for soothing  a tummy upset, especially one associated with car sickness. 

This recipe can also be used to make perfect Gingerbread men, use a gingerbread man cutter for cutting. 

What You'll Need

  • 8 oz unsalted butter (softened)
  • 6 oz caster sugar
  • 6 oz brown sugar (soft and dark)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 12 oz all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Optional: a pinch of mixed spice

How to Make It

  • In a large roomy, baking bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until light and creamy - use an electric whisk to make it easier, but a hand one also works fine. While constantly whisking, slowly, slowly add the beaten egg just a little bit at a time. 
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder salt and spices into another bowl then carefully stir these ingredients into the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
  • Roll out the mixture to the thickness you want between two sheets of greaseproof paper, then place the whole lot in to the fridge and rest for a couple of hours, overnight if possible. A 5p piece is a good measuring tool for thickness.
  • When you are ready to cook the biscuits, heat the oven to 350°F/180°C/gas 4 and grease a baking sheet with a little butter.
  • Cut the dough with a cookie, or gingerbread man cutter to the size you wish. In batches, place the biscuits on the baking sheet leaving plenty of space around each biscuit as they will spread. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Any rolled out dough, or biscuits waiting to go into the oven should be kept cold in the fridge or will go too soft.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven. As the biscuits will be soft at this point, carefully remove from the baking sheet and leave to cool on a wire cooling tray. Miraculously, the biscuits will harden up. and when completely cold have a perfect snap. Eat when cold.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 184
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 229 mg
Carbohydrates 23 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)