Give your biscuits a Halloween feel by decorating them to look like mini pumpkins. These crunchy ginger biscuits taste great too!

ginger halloween biscuits

Makes: 12
Prep time: 1 hr 55 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs:Mid-price

Ingredients

  •  2 tbsp runny honey
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 60g light muscovado sugar
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2-4 tbsp orange juice

To decorate:

  • 250g packet ready-to-roll icing
  • 2 tsp runny honey
  • 1 apple
  • Egg yellow and scarlet food paste colouring
  • 7.5cm round, fluted cutter

You will also need:

  • 2 baking sheets, lined with baking parchment
  • 5cm (2in) biscuit cutter

Method

    1. Put the honey, butter and sugar into a small pan and stir over a low heat until the butter is melted.
    2. Sieve the flour and ginger into a bowl. Add the orange zest and ground almonds.
    3. Pour in the egg, melted butter mixture and orange juice into the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
    4. Knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface for a couple of mins, then wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer for 30 mins to firm up.
    5. Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Roll out the dough on a parchment-lined surface, to a 5mm (¼in) thickness and stamp out the biscuit shapes, using the fluted cutter.
    6. Put the biscuits on to the lined baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.
    7. To decorate: Roll out the icing on baking parchment and stamp out rounds using the biscuit cutter. Brush the biscuit centres with honey and place the icing on top.
    8. Cut one-third off the apple, avoiding the core. Carve out 2 eyes and a mouth on the apple flesh. Mix the food colourings to make orange and paint the cut side of the apple. Stamp on to the iced biscuits. Repeat with the other biscuits. Leave to dry. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutritional information per portion

Fat 6.0g, Saturates 2.0g, Calories 235(kcal)