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German Heart Biscuits

2 Reviews

About the bake

Gingerbread heart biscuits are traditionally seen at German christmas markets. These beautifully decorated german heart biscuits are incredibly simple to bake and with a batch of royal icing you can let you creative side run wild.

1Total Time
45Prep Time
15Bake Time
20Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4).

  2. Step 2:

    Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl.

  3. Step 3:

    Over a gentle heat, stir the butter, salt, sugar, golden syrup and treacle together until smooth. Add to the bowl and mix to a dough.

  4. Step 4:

    Dust the work surface lightly with flour then roll out the dough to about 1 cm thick.

  5. Step 5:

    Use a heart cookie cutter to stamp out your design and re-roll any excess trimmings to repeat the process.  Place each one a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

  6. Step 6:

    Bake for 12–15 minutes, until the edges are darker brown than the centre. Cool for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack.

  7. Step 7:

    Make up the icing as directed on the packet and place in a piping bag with a small nozzle. Decorate each biscuit with your design and then leave to set.

Ingredients

    • 750g Allinson's plain white flour
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 2 tsp Ginger (ground)
    • 2 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
    • 1 tsp Mixed spice
    • 225g Butter (unsalted)
    • 1pinch Salt
    • 115g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 200g Golden syrup
    • 150g Black treacle
    • 500g Silver spoon icing sugar
  • For the Decoration

    • 500g Royal icing sugar

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