Spiced biscuits

I seem to be collecting  ‘nibble’ recipes lately. Possibly because I’m aware the kids school are running a Jubilee picnic day on the 13th… so I suppose I’m road testing picnic munchies on the kids. Not that they’re complaining mind you. #HA. Master N reminded me that, being on school lunches, he’d be getting a school pack lunch for the picnic, and as he doesn’t like tuna, cheese or sliced raw carrot, please could I pack something he ‘likes to eat’. So far the requests have been a sponge cake with chocolate spread filling, some oaty biscuits and ham sandwiches.

I wont lie and say this wont be a lovely opportunity to show up and scoff lots of home made goodies while watching other peoples kids dig into their pre-packaged sarnies, over sweetened fruit shoots and dairy-lea dunkers. #IdBeALiar! The only obstacle (for now, but I have a cunning plan, that doesn’t involve a rat and a van #BlackadderHumour ) so far is what to drink. Because of little miss E being under 5, we buy fruit cordial. I’m not thrilled about it but its better than nothing…so far.

Waffling over here’s a spiced biscuit recipe… they’re really easy and quick to make…. so easy to make at the last minute.

  • 2oz (50g) margarine
  • 2oz (50g) sugar
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 6oz (175g) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • a pinch of ground ginger, or to taste
  • a little water to wet


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 (160C, 325F) and grease 1 to 2 baking trays.
  2. Cream the margarine, sugar and golden syrup.
  3. Sift the flour, bicarb and spices, then add the creamed margarine mix.
  4. Mix this very well and add just enough water to make a firm dough.
  5. Now you can either roll into balls and flatten by hand on the baking trays OR you can roll out the dough (1/4 inch thick, 5mm)and use a round cutter and place the shapes on the trays.
  6. The number of biscuits depends on how big you roll them/ on the size of your cutter. Generally they make about 20 to 30.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 -20 minutes. 10 minutes if rolled out and cut…. probably 20 if you roll them out and press them down with a spoon/ your palm.
  8. Cool the biscuits on the baking trays.

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