Rancell’s Ginger Snaps

Entrusted to me, this no longer secret family recipe has all the flavour of the Arnott’s Gingernut biscuits without the teeth breaking hardness and with all the added joy of home baked biscuits.

125g butter

175g caster sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

2 cups SR flour

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 175’C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter, sugar and golden syrup together, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl mix flour and ginger together. Quickly beat the egg through the sugar mix and pour over the flour. Mix until it forms a dough. Roll the dough into balls and place about 4 cm apart on the baking paper. Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your desired level of hardness. Cool on a wire rack. Makes between 25-30. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

I tried these a few weeks ago when Rancell brought them in to work to try, his mum’s secret recipe. I just had to have it! They are so simple and so delicious it is hard not to fall in love with these. I love this recipe because of its simple melt and mix method that results in beautiful smooth biscuits. I wanted to bake these for my brother but ended up baking a chocolate mud cake for him instead. I made these last night and they have been really well received at work today and by Rancell, hopefully he’ll give me some more of his family recipes!

There is nothing hard about this recipe, just make sure you watch the sugar and butter mix on the stove because it could end up a very sticky and very burnt mess if you leave it unattended. I cooked these to the harder side, they still have a soft centre but are lovely and crisp on the outside. I have also tried some that Rancell made earlier this week which were really soft and melt in your mouth, so its up to you how you make them. Maybe a tray of each?

I can definitely recommend these for anyone who loves ginger, I think you could even add some little pieces of crystallised ginger if you really love ginger. They are also pretty enough to wrap up for ginger loving grandparents for a present, just some nice tissue paper and a cute ribbon and you have the perfect ginger lovers treat. Give these a go this weekend, as long as you aren’t alone, because you’ll end up eating all of them yourself!

Love Sonia



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