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Gingerbread Recipes for Samhain

For a dark, rich traditional version (simpler, sweeter recipe below)


  • 450g (1lb) plain flour

  • 1 dessert spoon ground ginger

  • 0.5 dessert spoon cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt

  • 125g (4oz) butter

  • 4 tablespoons black treacle

  • 225g (8oz) soft brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • Icing and decorations (optional)


  1. Sift the flour with the spices and salt into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Warm the butter, teacle and sugar in a pan on a low heat until the sugar dissolves and the butter/treacle melts, stirring continuously. Leave to cool a little then stir into the flour mixture.

  3. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in milk and add this to the mixture to make a pastry-like dough (you may need to add a little more milk).

  4. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the refrigerator for 40 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 170°c / 325°F / gas mark 3 and line a tray with baking paper.

  6. Roll out your gingerbread dough on a floured board and cut out shapes.

  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until evenly browned, then leave to cool.

  8. Decorate if desired, then enjoy!

For a sweeter, simpler version which makes around 25 biscuits


  • 350g (12oz) plain flour

  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1.5 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 100g (4oz) butter

  • 175g (6oz) muscovado sugar

  • 1 medium egg

  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup

  • Icing and decorations (optional)


  1. Heat the oven up to 180°c / 350°F / gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

  2. Use a sieve to sift the flour into a bowl.

  3. Sift the bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger into the bowl.

  4. Cut the butter into chunks and rub/stir it into the flour.

  5. Break the egg into the bowl and beat it with a fork. Add the syrup and beat it, then add this mixture to the flour box and mix it in.

  6. Squeeze the mixture into a smooth dough.

  7. Roll the dough out onto a surface sprinkled with flour to prevent it from sticking.

  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes from the dough, then put them onto the baking tray.

  9. Bake them in the oven for 12-15 minutes, then leave to cool for.

  10. Decorate if desired, then enjoy!

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