Honey & Ginger Jumbles

Sunday 14 April 2019

Normally at the weekend, I like to bake Todd a treat to enjoy with his hot drinks. I don't do many hot drinks myself, mostly just cold ones, but Todd, he enjoys a hot drink.  I think it is the Brit in him! 

I had seen this recipe for Honey & Ginger Jumbles over on the Donna Hay site.  They looked really nice and I do like Donna's recipes.  I have a couple of her cookbooks. 

And so I adapted the recipe to British and North American measurements.  (Australian are a tiny bit different.  For instance their cups are larger.)  I also didn't want to dust the finished cookies with powdered ginger after icing.

Instead I iced them and sprinkled them with some candied ginger root, which Todd loves.  There is no refined sugar in the cookies themselves.  Just honey.

There are  also no eggs.  You simply melt some butter and honey together . . .

Sift together some flour, soda, ground cinnamon and ground ginger . . .  I was tempted to add ground cardamom as well, but didn't this time. 

One TBS of finely grated orange zest also goes into the mix.  You then mix some milk into the butter mixture and add it all at once to the dry ingredients.

You chill the dough for about half an hour and then shape it into logs before placing them onto lined baking sheets.

Twelve minutes or so later you have some really nice cookies, and let me tell you, they smell really heavenly when they are baking!

Honey . . .  ginger  . . .  cinnamon  . . .  orange. That's a pretty unbeatable combination.

Once baked you let them cool on a wire rack and then you ice them in a thick drizzle icing.  I did not make as much icing as the original recipe asked for.  I thought it was a bit overmuch and what I made actually worked quite well, and I still had leftover icing. 

These are really nice cookies.  Not too crunchy (Todd hates things that are too crisp.) Perfect for dunking as well.  Nicely flavoured as well!

Honey & Ginger Jumbles

Yield: Makes 16 cookies
These are lovely and not overly sweet, with the mild flavour of honey, orange and a bit of a ginger kick!


  • 3 TBS  butter, cut into bits
  • 175g liquid honey (1/2 cup)
  • 150g plain flour, sifted (1 cup + 1 1/2 TBS)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBS finely grated orange zest
  • 1 TBS milk
For the glaze:
  • 195g icing sugar, sifted (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tsp honey
  •  boiling water (as needed)
  • chopped candied ginger root


  1. Place the butter and honey in a small saucepan.  Melt together over medium/low heat.  Simmer and cook for about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  2. Sift together the flour, soda, ginger and cinnamon.  Stir in the orange zest.  Whisk the milk into the butter mixture.  Add to the dry ingredients. Mix well to combine.  Place in the refrigerator for 20 to 30  minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/gas mark 3. Line several baking sheets with some baking paper. 
  4. Pinch off 2 teaspoons of dough at a time and shape into 3 inch long logs.  Place well apart on the baking sheets to allow for spreading.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until light golden brown. Leave to sit for a few minutes prior to scooping off onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Whisk the icing sugar and honey, as well as hot water together in a bowl until you get a thick drizzle. (start off with 1 TBS of water)  Dip the tops of the cookies (working with one at a time) into the icing, letting any excess drip off.  Place back onto the rack and sprinkle a bit of candied ginger on top.  Allow the icing to set before storing in an airtight container.


If you find the dough a bit sticky to roll, you can lightly flour your hands.
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Another bonus for me was it only makes 16 cookies.  Just enough for Todd to enjoy without there being a lot around to overly tempt me. Win/win!! 


  1. Cute little things too:)
    I have not been lucky with the very few recipes of hers that I have tried..you ay have found the reason why..the difference in volumes..

    1. Yes, Australia has larger cup sizes. I always cook their recipes by weight rather than volume! xoxo

  2. These sound lovely and they use ingredients that I always have on hand. I shall make them as L-G loves something nice with his afternoon coffee as well. And like Todd, he stubbornly remains rake thin - it's so not fair! LOL.

    Like you I'm a fan of Donna Hay recipes. If you are looking for something to share at a gathering that is easy to make and has a bit of a woe factor, I can thoroughly recommend her Raspberry Swirl Pavlova Wreath. It always gets loads of compliments when I make it and now the family request it often when we get together.

    I'm back again after two weeks of illness - I've missed being online and now will look at earlier treats you've posted.

    1. You're right Marie, it isn't fair! I will check out the Pavlova next time I have to tak something to a gathering! Glad that you are feeling better. I've e-mailed you! xoxo

  3. I adore anything with preserved ginger in it! Thank you Marie.

    1. You are sure to love these! You're welcome! xoxo

  4. This looks like my kind of cookies. when I get back to my house and printer I can see I'll have a lot of things to print out!

    1. Woo hoo Jeanie! I Hope you enjoy them! xoxo


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