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Prep 40 mins
Cook 30 mins
Posted for ZWT6 - Great Britain Region. These are a traditional spice biscuit (known in the US as a cookie) that is served during holidays and in bakeries throughout Britain. If you don't have all the individual containers of spices - you may use a pumpkin pie spice mix or a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg.
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour (200 g)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger
- 1⁄8 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄8 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄8 teaspoon mace
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄2 cup butter (100 g)
- 1⁄4 cup caster sugar (50 g aka superfine granulated)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon cold water (if needed, see instructions)
- jam (optional)
- icing (optional)
- Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and a pinch of salt together.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the egg.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add a tsp of cold water to bring the dough together if you need to.
- Press into a disc, wrap in clear wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 356°F (180°C / gas mark 4).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to the thickness of a coin and using cookie cutters, cut-out shapes. Prick tops lightly with a fork. Lift onto parchment-lined baking sheets or well-greased baking sheets.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden in color.
- Leave to stand for a few minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
- If desired when cold, sandwich 2 biscuits together with jam, and drizzle light icing/glaze over tops.
Great Christmas cookies filled with jam! I had all the spices but used regular sugar instead of the caster sugar. Thanks for sharing!