Ginger Christmas Cookies

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My Granny used to make hundreds of these Ginger Christmas Cookies at Christmas time!

I remember them fondly, all sprinkled with color!

We used to eat them until our tummies were sore!

Traditional Christmas Cookies


If you have not made ginger cookies  you should really give these a try!

They are so easy to make – and they taste great too! The sticky dough is easy to work with – so even the littlest of cooks can get involved!


Ginger Christmas Cookies




This recipe makes a whole bunch!! (4 oven trays full)

Cut it in half if you wish!

Ginger Christmas Cookies
Recipe Type: Baking
Author: Julie Rookmaker
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • For the Cookies (this makes about 50)
  • 250g salted butter
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs Maple syrup
  • 4Tbs syrup
  • 600g flour
  • 2tsp salt (optional)
  • 4tsp ginger powder
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • finely grated orange peel – from 1 orange (optional)
  • For the Icing (optional)
  • 1 big egg white
  • 200g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
To make the Cookies
  1. Warm Oven to 200ºC
  2. Melt the butter, sugar, both syrups in a pan on the stove and bring to a boil. As soon as it is boiling, take it off and set it aside.
  3. Mix the flour, salt, ginger powder, cinnamon and orange peel together.
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients. Mix and knead together. You should have a fairly stiff dough that is quite oily.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until very thin (about 2mm thick)
  6. Bake for 8 – 10 mins. Watch them as they cook quickly. They are ready to come out when they start to turn brown. They harden when they cool down, this is important as you do not have to back them till hard.
Now you can decorate them any which way you like. If you would like to make a thick icing, that holds, then use the recipe above. This icing can be used for dots and swirls and creating outlines!
To make the icing:
  1. Add one egg white into a bowl and give it a quick beat (not until it’s stiff, just until it is frothy)
  2. Add the icing sugar and beat until you have a smooth consistency.
  3. Use a piping bag to decorate!


We would love to see your creations!

Traditional Ginger Christmas Cookies - just like your granny made them! Full recipe plus decorating ideas!



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