Halloween Ginger Biscuits



One for the kids to help with, my boys never seem to tire of this old school baking idea and will put mini Halloween cutters to good use!


450g plain flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

115g butter

100g soft light brown sugar

1 egg, large

150g golden syrup

1 x pkt clear boiled fruit sweets

Makes 24.

Preheat the oven to 180c (fan)/200c/Gas Mark 5 and line a couple of baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

You’ll need some mini Halloween cutters – I bought these last year from Lakeland and they’re selling them again this year too and a round cookie cutter too (about 7cm round)

Cream together the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.

Add the egg and beat well.

Now in goes the golden syrup and mix it up until even.


Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda and work it together to form a dough.  Spoon at first but then you need to get your hands in for the last bit!

Now you can roll it out, in portions, on a lightly floured worksurface but you know I like to roll out between two sheets of baking paper.  Saves me having to clear up the mess afterwards!

Roll it out about 5mm thick and cut out round biscuits.  Transfer them onto the baking trays, spaced a little apart.

Now to cut out the centres,  it’s much easier if they are in situ on the tray and it saves them from pulling out of shape.  If the centres come out whole you can set them on the tray to bake as is.  If you need to wriggle them out with a knife then the bits can be re-rolled to make more biscuits!

Unwrap the sweets (I’m using Waitrose clear fruits which melt in the oven brilliantly but I’ve used Fox’s Glacier Fruits in the past)

Place one sweet, whole – they don’t mind, in the centre cut outs.  For the trickier shapes like the cat they do need to be crushed so you can get them in.

For the pumpkins I’ve added a whole orange sweet and some shards of green at the top for the stalky bit.

Go multicoloured if you feel like it!Bake them in the oven for 8-10 mins until they’re golden brown around the edges.  The boiled sweet will be very bubbly when they come out but will soon settle down.

Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the tray to let the boiled sweet harden up again and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Halloween Ginger Biscuits

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire


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16 Responses to Halloween Ginger Biscuits

  1. How clever are these little beauties!

  2. dharma says:

    That idea so fantastic. They have been wonderful.

    Greetings and happy weekend

  3. EmmaMT says:

    AMAZING timing! I need to make some gingerbread biscuits for a shoot this week. Love, love, love the designs. I am a bit Halloween obsessed! It’s my birthday!
    Great post as always Ruth

  4. Paula says:

    I’m definitely trying these for Halloween. I bought a set of plastic Halloween cutters last year and have not used them yet and I’ve also been wanting to try the stained glass effect on biscuits. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Julie says:

    What a lovely idea Ruth! You are so clever… and inspiring!

  6. All4meggymoo says:

    What a wonderful recipe, I will have to give these a go with my daughter she will love them! Thank you

  7. Grainne Redmond says:

    Gorgeous! But no mini cutters in Lakeland. Boo! 🙁

  8. Julie says:

    Mini cutters – I managed to get some on eBay – worth having a look.

  9. Claire says:

    Lakeland not selling the mini cutters this year at all – discontinued! Have to use other mini shapes. We are planning to cook tomorrow – subject to our children’s homework!

  10. Grainne Redmond says:

    Made them (with other cutters) and they are cute but how the bleep did you break those sweets????? Had to use whole ones as no amount of rolling pin action broke those babies!

    • Had to laugh when I read your comment – I hammered a rolling pin into a mug but 1. I thought I was going to break the mug and 2. I probably should have worn safety goggles – I thought I was making heavy weather of it but obviously not! x

  11. Grainne Redmond says:

    Well I have to say, they were a huge hit – stuck with the layup, cat and pumpkin Wilton mini-cutters (because of previously mentioned sweet breaking issues!) and they were quite a talking point. This is the 2nd recipe I have tried from your site (the kitchen is not my natural habitat) and the 2nd time I have appeared to be a domestic goddess – (the 1st was the DELICIOUS chocolate frosted traybake) – thank you Ruth and keep them coming! x

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