Festive Gingerbread

Waitrose Festive Gingerbread

In a recent survey, people were asked what their favourite festive food flavours were. Featured in the list of popular tastes; Christmas Pudding, Brandy Cream, Turkey, Cranberry Sauce and of course, Gingerbread! So, with that in mind – we thought it would only be fair to share this Waitrose Festive Gingerbread recipe with you all! It’s golden – quite literally.

This recipe can be used to make a whole range of decorations, gifts and of course delicious gingerbread treats. What’s more, you can even get the children involved to help too – simply roll out the dough, cut out the shapes and decorate how you wish. Once you start baking the whole house will smell of Christmas, leaving result that is just divine!

Waitrose Festive Gingerbread


125g essential Waitrose Unsalted Dairy Butter
100g dark brown muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
325g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
5 tbsp icing sugar
3 tbsp Cooks’ Homebaking Sprinkles, such as White Chocolate Stars, Silver Balls, Pearly 100s & 1000s


1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC, gas mark 3. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat.

2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl, then stir the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 5mm.

3. Stamp shapes out of the dough using Waitrose Cooking Christmas Cookie Cutters or cut round festive templates. Place the shapes onto the lined baking trays and bake, in batches, for 9–10 minutes until golden brown.

4. Remove from the oven. While still warm, use a skewer or chopstick to make any holes that you may need to hang up the biscuits with ribbon or string. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

5. Mix together the icing sugar with a splash of water to make thick icing then drizzle or pipe over the biscuits and decorate with sprinkles. The gingerbread biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Other decorating ideas

Christmas puddings 
Dip round gingerbread biscuits into melted white chocolate, and decorate with Waitrose Christmas Holly & Berry Sprinkles.

Rudolph the reindeer
Pipe melted dark chocolate onto round gingerbread biscuits to make antler shapes, and pipe dots for the eyes and nose. Roll a piece of red fondant icing into a ball and stick onto the nose dot.

If you’ve had a go at making these Waitrose Festive Gingerbread, be sure to tag us in your creations using #BritishHappiness

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