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Mary Berry’s Best Ginger Biscuits

Ditch the packet of shop-bought gingernuts because these biscuits from Mary Berry are simple to make, easy to freeze and too irresistible to stop at just one.

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Mary Berry


You know your favourite crisp, thick, moreish ginger biscuit? Well, this is it! Restraint is needed to keep the lid on the tin.

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50g (2oz) butter
1 level tbsp golden syrup
175g (6oz) self-raising flour
1 level tbsp ground ginger
75g (3oz) crystallised ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g (2oz) demerara sugar
50g (2oz) light muscovado sugar
1 medium egg, beaten


Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/Gas 3. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.

Measure the butter and golden syrup into a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until melted.

Place the flour, ground ginger, chopped ginger, bicarb and demerara and muscovado sugars in a mixing bowl. Mix well, then stir in the melted ingredients. Add the egg and bring the mixture together to form a dough.

Divide into 16 equal pieces and roll with your hands into small balls. Place on the baking sheets and slightly flatten to about 1cm (½in) thick. Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden and firm around the edges.

Leave to firm up on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mary’s tips:

Keeps well in an airtight tin for 5 days.

Freeze well. Refresh in low oven once defrosted.


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