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Ginger Biscuits / Ginger Snaps / Ginger Nuts

ginger biscuits, snaps, nuts recipe
As-Salaamu Alaykum,

I originally thought Ginger Biscuits also known as Ginger Snaps and Ginger Nuts were a British speciality but it seems these biscuits are popular in many countries like gingerbread, all of course with varying recipes including different spices and sometimes with the addition of molasses and the common ingredient being? yep, Ginger.
Here is the original recipe in my grandmother's old Be-Ro recipe book which was missing it's cover and many of it's pages when i found it amidst the mess in our attic / storage room. 

Beforehand I wanted to check that Be-Ro had not made any changes to the recipe since the unknown edition i had in front of me and sure enough it's the same recipe but with one correction the amount of self-raising flour in my edition said 8oz (200g) but after seeing the recipe online and checking with google 8oz =225g so what do you know? major brands aren't infallible!

Due to a high amount of sugar these lovelies snap on demand and with a hint of warm, earthy ginger you will almost be convinced it's Autumn already. 

What better than a simple recipe that almost anyone can make at home using basic equipment and ingredients that most home bakers would have in their cupboard at any given time.

I will say one thing, you could get away with increasing the amount of ginger in the recipe by another teaspoon to really get your taste buds going but trust me either way, it will be hard for you to ration yourself to having only 1. 
Not forgetting these are 1 of the most sturdiest biscuits according to this study  therefore, you are free to get dunking! I'll have a tea, please.
ginger snaps recipe

Ginger Nuts / Snaps

Slightly adapted from: Be-Ro
Skill level: Easy
Makes: 36
Equipment: Weighing scales, teaspoon, large bowl, wooden spoon / silicon spatula, medium sized saucepan, baking tray(s)
Note: 1 large egg in uk = 63-73 grams


225 grams self raising flour
pinch salt
1 (or 2) teaspoon ground ginger 
100 grams granulated or caster sugar
75 grams unsalted butter
100 grams golden syrup
1 large egg, beaten


  1. Heat oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4. Line then lightly grease some baking trays (i used 2, twice so that means 4 batches went into oven but it all depends on size of your oven and baking trays).
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium saucepan on medium - low heat warm the syrup and butter. Add to the dry ingredients with the beaten egg and mix well with a wooden spoon/ silicon spatula.
  4. Please teaspoons of mixture onto the baking trays and bake on middle shelf for 12-15 minutes, rotate baking trays at half time to ensure even colouring.
  5. Remove from baking tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Use the freshest ground ginger you have to ensure best results.
  • If you choose to use 2 teaspoons ground ginger instead of 1 i would advise you reduce the flour  amount by 1 teaspoon so that the texture of the biscuit dough isn't too dry or add a few more grams butter. 

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At 16 August 2014 at 19:07 , Blogger Aiza said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I shall try it next month (not much budget for golden syrup at the moment lol).

At 16 August 2014 at 21:35 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Your welcome Aiza in sha Allah you will enjoy every moment once you get your hands on that syrup. Btw i just watched partition documentary the other day im kind of ashamed i had no idea about it all these years! especially since the British 'empire' had so much involvement in it you would think i would learn about it in school :( but no

At 18 August 2014 at 05:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These cookies are so delicious on their own and even crushed up for pie crusts! Looks lovely mashAllah! :)

At 18 August 2014 at 06:25 , Blogger Lail Hossain said...

Love the look of these gingery, autumn like cookies.

At 18 August 2014 at 08:18 , Blogger Aiza said...

The Empire was to blame for the fall of the Mughal Empire, but not as if the Mughals didn't deserve it. There's a lot of drama in there but it took like half a century to make the British leave after they had scavenged the Sub-Continent of wealth (Lol!). Still, they made some educational institutions that are now the most prestigious in the country.

At 18 August 2014 at 08:48 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Jazak Allahu khair Aiza. :( history is really my weak subject i need to read up on it especially islamic history.

At 18 August 2014 at 08:56 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you Henna, great idea! You got me thinking about ginger and lemon cheesecake, delicious!

At 18 August 2014 at 09:03 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Shukran Lail glad you like the cookies and thanks for visiting.

At 19 August 2014 at 01:12 , Blogger Jessi Francis said...

Oh, I really want to try this! My dad and brother would love these!

At 19 August 2014 at 08:22 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

you should :) your dad and bro will love you forever (i'm sure they do already lol) thanks for visiting Jess.


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