In honour of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, I bring you the most garish of biscuits in my collection. Made on a festive gingerbread base (but feel free to substitute shortbread), lined with a jumper and decorated with snowmen, christmas trees, baubles, robins and holly berries. Subtle, these are not.
I don’t think I could have tackled this alone – it’s definitely an occasion worth gathering up your best friends for – mull some wine, blast out some of your favourite festive tunes, and try and get a bit of a production line going. If you’re feeling ambitious you could dig out some gingerbread cutters to make angels and try and turn a moose cutter into a reindeer. I warn you though, that two hours in these extras may quickly become fuel for the jumper factory.
If you, like me, are not the most patient soul, then the quickest route to success is to pick one or two patterns you like and stick with them. If making several different varieties is what you have your heart set on, then consider pulling resource from your most patient and creative chums.
You will need (I doubled this for my batch):140g unsalted butter 100g dark muscovado sugar 3 tbsp golden syrup 350g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 4 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp fresh nutmeg 2 tsp ground cinnamon Decorations
- Pre-heat oven to 180 Fan
- Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup over a medium heat
- Sieve flour, bicarb, spices
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients – stir vigorously and then leave until cool enough to handle
- Roll out to about 1/2 cm thick and stamp our your biscuits
- Bake for 12 minutes
- Go crazy with your toppings
I think the adorable hedgehog under the tree is my absolute favourite, but I’d love to know which design you like? I don’t think these cutters are still available online, but I bought mine in store so it’s worth checking if there’s somewhere local to you. Plus then you’re all sorted to make back-to-school biscuits, black tie biscuits, Gryffindor House jumper biscuits…