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Elf Ears Gingerbread Cookies on the edge of mugs
30Total Time
15Prep Time
15Bake Time
A little effort

Elf Ears 'Cheat' Gingerbread Cookies

For the Elf Ear's Cookies

Juliet Sear has magically created Elf Ears with a yummy cheat gingerbread recipe, so you can enjoy chewy, spicy cookies in half the time. Decorated with royal icing, and hung on the edge of your mug, you can turn you hot chocolate into the ultimate wintery escape, cosied up in front of your favourite Christmas film with family and friends.

We love creating baking moments in mugs, they're so easy to enjoy and create a yummy treat when you're ingredient cupboard is looking bare. Try out our other Silver Spoon Christmas bakes by Juliet Sear, such as our Reindeer Cupcakes or Reindeer Orange Creams.

30Total Time
15Prep Time
15Bake Time
A little effort


  1. Step 1:

    Beat the sugar and butter until combines (do not cream)

  2. Step 2:

    Beat in the egg

  3. Step 3:

    Dry whisk the spices into the flour and add this to the wet ingredients until a dough is formed.

  4. Step 4:

    Roll out to about 5mm or use guidesticks, cut around the ears template, making sure to turn it over each time so you end up with pairs to crate the elf ears.

  5. Step 5:

    Bake for around 9 mins, then remove from the oven and use a small sharp knife to cut into each one, the thickness of your mug or glass so they will sit on the edge easily.

  6. Step 6:

    Bake for a further 5 mins until firm, leave to cool for 5 mins then transfer to a wire rack.

  7. Step 7:

    To add the ear effect, roll the icing out to approx. 2/3mm thickness, cut out ear shapes using the template

  8. Step 8:

    Add a little boiled water to the golden syrup and brush the biscuits to make sticky.

  9. Step 9:

    Place the ear shape icing on each one, you’ll need to trim it a little once on the cookie so you can have an outline of cookie on the edge. Use the modelling too or knife to make a mark around. The edge foe the detail and cut into the icing where the cookie has the slit for where it will sit onto your cup/mug/glass.

  10. Step 10:

    Leave to dry overnight until ready to use or package for a fun edible elf themed gift. Perfect for adding on to your hot chocolate or flavoured milk,


  • For the cookies

    • 200g Billington's unrefined dark brown sugar
    • 200g Softened butter
    • 1 Eggs
    • 375g Allinson's plain flour
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • For the decoration

    • 500g Silver spoon royal icing
    • 2 tsp Silver spoon golden syrup


  • Stand mixer, hand whisk or bowl and wooden spoon
  • Marzipan spacers
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • Modelling tool
  • Baking trays

Nutritional Information

per 36g
  • 193cal Energy
  • 7g Fat
  • 4.2g of which Saturates
  • 31g Carbohydrates
  • 21g of which Sugars
  • 1.5g Protein
  • 0.03g Salt

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