Spiced Golden Syrup Jumbles

Monday 23 August 2010

“A wonderful smell came creeping into the little dining-room, followed by the inn-woman carrying a large tray. On it was a steaming tureen of porridge, a bowl of golden syrup, a jug of very thick cream, and a dish of bacon and eggs, all piled high on brown toast. Little mushrooms were on the same dish.”

Lines like this, were what kept me engrossed in Enid Blyton's books when I was a girl. Her descriptions of food were so wonderfully vivid that my mouth would water each time I read one. I could only imagine what it must be like to live in her world . . . a world where plucky, sensible and intelligent youngsters could go off on such wonderful adventures, all the while tucking into such fabulous sounding treats!

A world filled with Bobbies, tuck boxes, anoraks, jumpers, tail wagging dogs, push bikes, intelligent parrots, fresh air and bracing winds, adventure and wellie boots.

These biscuits are just the sort of biscuit I could imagine her characters enjoying after a long day of exploring caves and moors . . . with tall glasses of lemonade, hot mugs of milky tea, and lots of giggles and good natured ribaldery!

Crisp and spicy and gloriously decorated with a yummy lemon glaze and lots of pretty sprinkles . . . I picked up those pretty little gold stars at Lakeland the other day. I just fell in love with them!

I'm not sure that corn syrup would be a suitable substitute here for the golden syrup. Golden syrup has a very caramel like flavour. You do want something the consistency of corn syrup though. Possibly you could use the darker one, but definitely not the light.

These are delicious, crisp, fragrant and oh so scrummy!

"You're trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never.They have to be faced and fought."
quote from Mistletoe Farm

These biscuits are the perfect escape! (Isn't that what Enid Blyton was all about!!!)

*Spiced Golden Syrup Jumbles*
Makes about 27
Printable Recipe

Nice and spicy with a lovely lemon glaze! Scrumdiddlyumptious!

60g unsalted butter, softened (2 1/4 ounces)
160ml of golden syrup (2/3 cup)
260g of plain flour (2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice |(a warm and sweet spice mixture containing ground coriander,
ground cinnamon, ground cassia, ground nutmeg and ground cloves)

for the icing:
the juice of half a lemon
9 ounces of icing sugar sifted (2 cups)

Sprinkles to finish

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Set aside.

Place the butter and the golden syrup into a measuring jug and heat in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds or so until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to the boil. Set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.

Sift the flour, soda, ginger and mixed spice into a large bowl. Whisk together well. Once the butter mixture has cooled to lukewarm, add it to the flour mixture and whisk in until thoroughly combined and a soft dough forms. Pinch off pieces of the dough and shape into small logs, about 2 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Place several inches apart on the baking sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool on wire racks before icing.

For the icing whisk together the lemon juice and icing sugar to make a thin spreadable icing. Spread over the cookies with a spoon, sprinkling decorations on each one right away. Let set before eating and storing. Store in an airtight container.


  1. Did you also read all books of the "Five friends series"? I loved them as a kid.
    Delicious cookies. Love the spice mix and the ginger.

  2. Mmm..delicious. The biscuit's and Enid Blyton;)

  3. I'm a blyton lover too - my sister and read all her books together. I'm sure the famous five ate some biscuits like this in one of their books - they look yummy and very traditional.

  4. Unas pastitas deliciosas, que delicia. Saludos

    Y como tu dices esto era de los libros de los cinco, yo también me he leido todos los libros de Eny Blyton "Los Cinco"

  5. Just a little something sweet... oh, yes, that hits the spot! ;o) These are lovely, Marie! :o) Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  6. I'd like to read those books. Your little biscuits look scrumptious!
    x jenny

  7. Hi marie,
    Am a big fan of your blog....come back repeateadly for recipes....love this one. would like to try it....but we don't get golden syrup in goa....so will have to make at home,....how much sugar do i use? thanks for your time.....savika (savikag@apac.ko.com)

  8. Just the kind of cookie that will keep my youngest hanging around the cookie jar! YUM!
    xoxo Pattie

  9. I love books with great descriptions of food that make your mouth water. These cookies seem like a great accompaniment for literary adventures. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Hi dear Marie, these biscuits look delicious, Im a Blynton lover too!! I raed all!
    Send you huggs and kisses for "all family"
    je,je, xxxx gloria

  11. The delicious aroma of these little gems has wafted all the way across the world to The Hedge Marie! It has been icy today & we've just had the most horrendous hailstorm, so being tucked up in a warm kitchen munching a few of these would come close to perfection.
    Millie ^_^

  12. They are just too cute. My Mum used to read my Enid Blyton stories when I was little, in fact the first book I ever bought was Enid Blyton, I had to save my pockety money for weeks!!! I love her tales for the same reason as you ;0)

  13. These are delicious. I printed your recipe yesterday and baked them straightaway. Mine don't look anywhere as pretty as yours and the icing was too runny but I just had one with a nice cup of tea and loved it, thank you for the recipe.


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