Easy Traditional Ginger Biscuit Recipe

Ginger biscuits
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Rest Time: 2 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Yields: 48 cookies
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
179 Calories
8g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 35mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 favorite 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. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (or 6 ounces) caster sugar

  • 3/4 cup (or 6 ounces) soft dark brown sugar

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 2/3 cups (or 12 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • Pinch salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • Pinch of mixed spice, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

  2. 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.

  3. While constantly whisking, slowly, slowly add the beaten egg just a little bit at a time. 

  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices into another bowl.

  5. Then carefully stir the flour mixture into the butter, sugar, and egg mixture.

  6. Roll out half the dough between two sheets of greaseproof paper to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Slide the rolled dough, paper and all, onto a large baking sheet. Repeat with the second half of the dough; slide it, paper and all, onto the first sheet of dough. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

  7. 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.

  8. Cut the dough with a cookie or gingerbread man cutter to the size you wish. Gather the scraps, re-roll between sheets of paper and refrigerate again. Continue cutting and re-rolling until all of the dough is used.

  9. In batches, place the biscuits on baking sheets. Any rolled out dough or biscuits waiting to go into the oven should be kept cold in the fridge or will they will get too soft.

  10. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

  11. 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.

  12. Once cool, the biscuits will harden up and have the perfect snap.

How To Store and Freeze

  • Store crisp cookies in a container with a loose-fitting lid. Cookies stored at room temperature will last from 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Freeze cookies in airtight containers for up to 6 months (for best quality).

What Is Greaseproof Paper?

Greaseproof paper is a paper that is used in food packaging and cooking. It is impermeable to oil. If you don't have greaseproof paper, use parchment paper or wax paper to roll out the dough. You may have to dust with a little flour to keep the dough from sticking to the paper.

What Is Caster Sugar?

Caster sugar is superfine granulated sugar. If you can't find caster sugar or superfine sugar, grind regular granulated sugar (about 2 extra teaspoons for each cup of caster sugar) in a blender or food processor for a few seconds. The texture should be fine, not powdered.

Tips

  • After cutting out a batch of cookies, reroll the dough scraps between the sheets of parchment or greaseproof paper and put the sheet of dough back in the refrigerator. Repeat cutting, rolling, and baking until all the dough is used.
  • If you don't have a scale, measure the flour using the spoon and sweep method. First, stir the flour to fluff it, then use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a straight edge utensil, such as a knife or wooden spoon handle to sweep the excess flour from the top of the cup. Each cup of all-purpose flour will weigh approximately 4 1/2 ounces, or 125 grams.