This is fun!  

The reindeer biscuits (upside down gingerbread men) are wonderful to make and look so cute when they are finished.  Three or four of them popped into cookie bags make a wonderful gift to sell at a Christmas fair.  And of course they are delicious too!

Ingredients

  • 60g butter
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Brown Royal Icing
  • Black Royal icing
  • Red and brown m&m’s

Method

1. Preheat oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/ gas mark 4. 

2. Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl. 

3. Add the golden syrup, flour, ginger and baking powder and mix together until a dough is formed. 

4. On a lightly dusted work surface roll the dough out and use a gingerbread man cutter. 

5. Place the biscuits onto a non-stick baking tray and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

6. Bake for 10-15 minutes. 

7. Ensure the biscuits have completely cooled before decorating. 

To Decorate

1. Take a gingerbread biscuit and hold upside down. 

2. Using a teaspoon, dollop a spoonful of the brown royal icing onto the head of the gingerbread man. With the back of the teaspoon, spread the icing onto each of the arms. 

3. Place an m&m onto the head of the gingerbread man, to look like the reindeer’s nose. 

4. Using a icing bag and small nozzle make a line of black icing from the bottom of the light brown icing up to the leg of the gingerbread man to form an antler. Make small lines coming off the main antler to make it look more realistic. 

5. Using the black royal icing make two small lines on either side of the light brown icing for the reindeer’s ears. Make two small dots for eyes and a line for the mouth.

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| Melinda Johnston

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