Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits (Cookies)

Saturday 20 October 2012

 Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

What is as light as air . . . as thin as a fairy's wings . . . and as crisp as an autumn day??? Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits, of course!!    

These biscuits are incredibly addictive . . . almost dangerous to have around.  They are just loaded with lots of gingerbread flavor,  with plenty of snap, using both ground ginger and freshly grated ginger-root.

This is a recipe that I adapted from a book that I had in the UK which had all of the recipes in it from Cooks Country. I no longer have the book so I cannot give you the exact title of the book. It got left in the UK along with all my other books.

 Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

Heating the ground ginger in a skillet until it becomes fragrant increases it's potency and adds to the deliciousness.  

I have always done that when I am making Mexican food, toast the spices in a skillet first . . . and it just makes sense that it would add flavor when using warm baking spices as well.  

Just be careful not to burn them.  Heat them in a dry skillet over a moderate heat until they become very fragrant. That's all, no longer.

Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits


I always grate the fresh ginger-root using my micro-plane grater.  It does the perfect, fuss free job and in quick time too.

I also do garlic that way.  I have two micro-plane graters. One that I use for garlic and one that I use for everything else.


A mixture of pure vanilla and orange essences heighten the lovely flavor of the ginger, creating a beautifully flavored taste treat. 

Orange is a flavor that goes so well with ginger bakes.  I sometimes add it to my gingerbread, or even to my gingersnaps. Try it next time you make some. You will see what I mean! 

Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

If you have all of your ingredients at room temperature and you will find that this batter mixes together really quickly and easily.  

It is a bit of a faff to spread it out as thin as I do . . . but trust me when I tell you that every second of faff is worth the trouble.  The thinner the better and the crisper.

My MIL's Gingersnaps are done in much the same way.  Thin, crisp and very moreish. You could easily eat half of them in one go.

 Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

The end result is a biscuit that is airy and light and oh-so-crisp . . . crunchy, and quite quite irresistible.  Very, very moreish.

  I enjoyed mine with a cup of my favorite Blood Orange herbal tea . . . deliciously dunkable and quite tasty.  These are very easy biscuits to snuffle down without a second thought!

Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

Delicious with a warm cuppa for elevensies . . . for afternoon tea break . . . and for munching on when you just want something sweet to soothe your senses.  Or for a Hobbit's second breakfast.    

These are the perfect treat to bake on a sunny and warm Indian Summer's afternoon.

Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

*Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits*
Makes about 5 dozen
Printable Recipe

As light as air, and as thin as a fairy's wings . . . deliciously spiced and as crisp as an autumn day.  In other words, fabulous!

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
75g plus 2 TBS plain flour (3/4 cup + 2 TBS)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
72g of unsalted butter, softened (5 TBS)
100g plus 1 TBS soft light brown muscovado sugar (1/2 cup + 1TBS)
4 tsp grated fresh ginger-root
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp orange extract
60ml of whole milk, at room temperature (1/4 cup)

 Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits

Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Have ready 2 large  flat baking sheets.  You will be working on the bottoms of the trays. 

Turn the baking trays upside down and spray them with a bit of non fat cooking spray.  Tear off a couple of sheets of baking paper, and press these onto the cooking spray on the baking sheet. Set aside.  (You will be baking on them upside down.)

Add the ground ginger to a small skillet.  Heat over medium heat until it becomes very fragrant.  Remove from the heat and stir together with the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.  Set aside.

Cream the butter together in a bowl with the sugar, until light and fluffy.  Beat in the fresh ginger-root.

Stir together the milk and flavorings.  Add the milk to the creamed mixture alternately with the flour mixture, making 3 dry additions and 2 wet, beginning and ending with the flour.

Divide the batter in half. Using a pastry scraper or a small offset spatula, spread the batter out onto the prepared baking sheet, covering the parchment paper.  The batter will be very thin.  This is a bit fiddly, but it is well worth the extra time it takes to get it right.

Bake, one sheet at a time on the middle oven rack,  until deep golden brown, for 16 to 20 minutes. (Turn the sheet around halfway through the baking time.) 

Remove from the oven and immediately score into rectangles with a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife.  Allow to cool completely before carefully separating the cookies along the scored lines.  Store in an airtight container.

Betcha can't eat just one!


  1. How heavenly!! I love the name, makes me want them even more. So thin and light... I'd probably eat the whole pan before I knew what was happening!! Your recipes are still my favorites :)
    Love, April

  2. Good morning Marie!
    The biscuits look great and as I've got a small piece of ginger root left, I think I'll try them out.The problem is I don't have orange extract.Any suggestions? orange jest perhaps?
    A few weeks ago I made your ginger syrup recipe and we enjoyed it instead of tea.Fabulously soothing!
    Well done again for the wonderful recipes and thank you.

  3. Helen, a bit of finely grated orange zest would certainly do the trick! So glad you enjoyed the ginger syrup. It's fab this time of year and in the winter when you get the sniffles!!

  4. Anything with the word 'fairy' in its name has got to be special.
    This would be new territory for me as I've never made biscuits. (I think we'd call them crackers)But I do love ginger!

  5. Leonora, they're airy fairy cookies! Crisp and crunchy and nicely gingery. Biscuits is the name they use for cookies over here!

  6. These look and sound wonderful, can't wait to try the recipe!

  7. Fantastic recipe with Christmas looming on the horizon ... these will make great shutters for my gingerbread house this year!

  8. So adorable..and that wee girl :) w/ the Gingerbread man..Love her..she is totally photogenic..
    These sound like winners Marie..Do you think a cookie cutter could work I ant to make reindeer:)

  9. Fairy Gingerbread Biscuits, I could just live on the words myself, but then, I would be hungry and want some to eat!
    Beautiful recipe with your lovely words and photos, thank you.

  10. I am printing this out now and one for my friend - so cute!

  11. thanks for sharing, and best wishes for Mum

  12. thanks for sharing, and best wishes to Mum!

  13. Hi Marie, Thank you for this recipe. While reading the comments. I noticed someone mentioned "Ginger Syrup". How do you make this?

  14. Hi Elise! I hope you like them when you make them. Here is the link to my Ginger Syrup recipe:

  15. I made half if the recipe because there are only two of us. BIG mistake. They truly are moreish. They have been out of the oven for one hour and half of them are gone.
    Thank you for the recipe. This recipe will be added to my, "blue binder", where many of your recipes already live.

    1. They are incredibly moreish for sure Christine! Its nice to know that you can halve the recipe successfully as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and leave your feedback! I am so pleased that you enjoyed these! xo


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