Sweet Treats

As it's only three days until Christmas I've put together a nice little festive recipe to make homemade Gingerbread Cats (I like cats, obviously, but you could make any creature/shape you wish). I got my cat cookie cutters, yes there is such a thing, from here. They can be made into delicious tree decorations, packaged up all pretty to give as gifts, or simply just to eat straight away if you can't wait 'til the big day.


125g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
325g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
Writing Icing/ sweets to decorate

1.Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Line your baking trays with baking parchment so your cats don't stick. In a good size saucepan melt the butter, sugar and syrup, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat.

2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl and stir the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a stiff dough.

3. Now this is the messy bit. Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 5mm (best to flour up your rolling pin as the dough is sticky). Place the shapes onto the lined baking trays and bake, in batches, for about 10 minutes until golden brown. (Batches of 6 work best. I found out the hard way after all my cats melted into each other to form a big gingerbread blob).

4. Remove from the oven. While still warm, and using a skewer, make any holes that you will need to hang up the biscuits with ribbon. If not, leave to completely cool then it's time for the fun bit. Decorate with icing, sweets or anything you wish to stick on there. When everything is set, package up into little cellophane bags and tie with ribbon/twine for a nice little festive gift. Or thread with ribbon and pop them on the tree. Voila!