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Goal #43 – Just in time for Christmas

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As Christmas has rolled around (just saying that makes me think of the rolling around we’re likely to do after Christmas… all those festive feasts!), I’ve found an opportunity to accomplish another of the goals on my list. This time it was #43: Give someone a handmade gift. I’ve baked several batches of my favourite ginger biscuits and packaged them like this:

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I popped packets of 10 biscuits, tied with tinsel (or ribbon), inside small brown paper bags. Then, using mini wooden pegs from a craft shop, I pegged a pretty teabag (from Pukka) onto the bag.

Homemade Christmas gifts

As a final touch, I decorated the pegs with small silver charms of teabags, teapots and teacups:

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I’ve given these to quite a few friends I’ve seen so far, and plan on making a few more batches tomorrow in time for handing out on Christmas day. Homemade treats are such a cost-effective way of giving gifts, and the extra touches with the presentation have drawn as many exclamations of ‘Oh, wow!’ as the biscuits themselves!

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Easy crunchy ginger nut biscuits

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Omm nom nom nom! These are easily the best ginger biscuits you’ll eat, and so quick to make. The original recipe is here, but I made a few tweaks because I’d rather have more ginger and less of a bicarb aftertaste. Adding more golden syrup than the original calls for also makes the biscuits extra hard and crunchy, which I love. Ninja and I scarfed these in no time!

Ginger biscuits

125 g butter

1 C castor sugar

2 T golden syrup

1 egg

2 C self-raising flour

3–5 t ground ginger

1/2 t bicarbonate of soda

Ginger biscuit dough balls

1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

2. Grease or line flat baking trays.

3. Sift the flour, ginger and bicarb together.

4. In a separate bowl, cream butter, sugar and syrup. Add egg and beat to mix.

5. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture. Mix well to make a uniform dough.

6. Place teaspoon-sized balls on the baking trays, leaving lots of space in between for spreading.

7. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until nicely browned.

8. Leave the biscuits to harden and cool on the tray.

 

Notes

1. I found that 5 heaped teaspoons of ginger gave the perfect flavour, but you can adjust it as preferred.

2. I skipped the step of rolling the dough balls in extra sugar, just to ease my conscience about these treats!

3. If you use self-raising flour, consider omitting the bicarb. Or you could use 2 cups of plain flour and 1 teaspoon of bicarb. I find tweaks like this are necessary because I don’t like tasting more bicarb than ginger.

4. My oven is a cranky old thing, so I can’t give a set time for baking; 15 minutes might do it for most ovens, but I just keep an eye on my baking until the ginger nuts are nicely browned.

5. I found this recipe makes about 40 medium-sized ginger biscuits.