Ingredients :

175g soft brown sugar
350g plain flour
1 egg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp Golden Syrup
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
100g butter

Preparation :

1. Mix together the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

2. Rub in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs.

3. Add the sugar.

4. In a separate bowl mix together the egg and golden syrup then add to the dry ingredients.

5. Mix together until it forms a dough. Tip out onto a clean, floured work surface and knead for a minute or two until it is smooth.

6. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

7. Roll out the dough to the depth of a pencil (approx 5mm) and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. If you want to hang them on tree remember to use a straw to punch a hole in the top.

8. Lay the biscuits on a greased baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

9. Re-cut the hole in the top if it has closed up and leave on the baking tray until cool. Ice, thread with ribbon and hang on the tree.