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Thursday 28 June 2012

Baking for Beginners: Ginger Nuts

Ginger nuts are the biscuits of my childhood. They're massively underrated in the biscuit world - I often forget about them in favour of fancier, showier biscuits. (I've got your number, Chocolate HobNob.) Then I have a hunt in the biscuit tin and it's basically a ginger nut or a Rich Tea. Who buys Rich Tea? Own up, you're rubbish and should be banned from biscuit buying. Every now and again, I remember just how damn tasty ginger nuts are and run to the shop immediately. They're often little as well, which means you're allowed to eat 27 in a day. Probably.

They're also really easy to make yourself. Seriously, your cat could have a pretty good bash at making these. Sara tested this recipe while watching the telly - "I made the mixture during the first ad break of Come Dine With Me, and they were ready by the next ad break." Yeah, that's how we measure our time these days: in chunks of CDWM. Strangely, we've discovered that they don't taste great when they're warm so you'll have to wait until they're properly cool before you eat them. And then you'll probably eat all of them.

Ginger Nuts: Makes about 25-30, depending on how big your balls are.

You'll need
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g salted butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cane sugar
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4
  2. Cream together butter eggs and sugar.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and roll into walnut-sized balls.
  4. Roll the balls in cane sugar and lay out on a lined baking try, with a little space between them. Pop in the oven for about 12 minutes.


  1. Next to a milk Chocolate digestive its Ginger Nuts all the way for me! Definitely making these :)

  2. Definitely making these, love ginger nuts!! x

  3. Woah this is a simple recipe... definitely giving this a go tonight!

    1. It is! The first time I made them they didn't look very ginger nutty, but don't be sad - they'll still taste amazing.

  4. I actually like Rich Tea. Sorry. But I don't buy them for communal biscuit tins, if that makes it better?

  5. I've tried to make my own ginger nuts, to no avail. I will be giving these a go with some GF flour.

    According to my gran, you have to break one with your elbow before you eat it. If if breaks into three pieces, that's good luck... It only works with ginger nuts, though.

  6. I do love ginger nuts but I've got to make a stand for Rich Teas. They're subtly yummy - and there's nothing better than curling up with a book on a rainy saturday, with a cup of earl grey and a couple of Rich Teas to dunk in it. Although ginger nuts and tea are also pretty stonking. Mmmm... give me biscuits now.

  7. 'depending on how big your balls are.' This made me snort with laughter!

  8. could u do these gluten free???

    1. Maaaaaybe. I don't know if Caleigh has tried so can't confirm. They don't rise very much, so I think it's definitely worth a bash with gluten free ingredients.


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