These pretty sugar and spice gingerbread men and heart-shaped cookies make a great Christmas treat. Make them into special but cost-effective gifts for your Sugar and spice Christmas cookiesfriends and family.
Makes: 20
Prep time: 1 hr
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hr 20 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 2 tbsp runny honey


    • 30g (1oz) unsalted butter


    • 60g (2oz) light muscovado sugar


    • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour


    • 1 tsp ground ginger


    • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


    • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 2-4 tbsp juice


    • 60g (2oz) ground almonds


    • 1 large egg


To decorate:

    • 50g (5oz) icing sugar, sieved


    • Silver balls


    • Parchment paper and baking sheets


    • 5cm (2in) biscuit cutters


    • Small plain piping nozzle


    • Paper piping bag






    1. Put the honey, butter and sugar into a small pan and stir over a low heat until the butter is melted.


    1. Sieve the flour, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the lemon zest and ground almonds.


    1. Pour the egg, melted mixture and lemon juice into the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.


    1. 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.


    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180°C. Roll out the dough to a 5mm (¼in) thickness, on a parchment-lined surface, and stamp out the biscuit shapes. You should be able to get about 20. Push the tip of a tiny plain piping nozzle near the top edge of each biscuit, and lift out to make a hole.


    1. Put the biscuits on to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.


    1. To decorate: Mix the icing sugar with 4 tsp hot water, to make a smooth icing. Spoon into a paper piping bag with the nozzle. Pipe icing on the biscuits and decorate with silver balls. Leave to set.



Nutritional information per portion



Fat 4.0g


Saturates 1.0g


Calories 135(kcal)