Recipe: Fairtrade Gingerbread Biscuits

Gingerbread biscuits are a must have in your repertoire of baking recipes for little ones. They are perfect any time of year, and especially at Christmas!

I have been feeling Christmassy lately (I know it’s only October!) so I set about making some gingerbread goodies with Bean 🙂 I made it my mission to use Fairtrade ingredients where I could, inspired by The Big Fair Bake – a challenge to bake using Fairtrade options of the following ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Chocolate (or Cocoa Powder)
  • Raisins
  • Coffee
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon
  • Apricots
  • Ginger
  • Brazil Nuts

Fairtrade sugar is not on the list (because that wouldn’t be a challenge!) but obviously if sugar is present we hope you will use readily available Fairtrade certified sugar. You can find out where to buy it, and the other ingredients listed here.

Fairtrade sugar was easy, but the spices ginger and cinnamon were less easy to get hold of and required a special trip to Waitrose. It is such a shame that more supermarkets and shops don’t stock Fairtrade ingredients, I certainly am in favour of giving the people who work so hard to grow these products a fair pay. After all, the power is in our hands. If we simply stopped buying non Fairtrade versions, all farmers might receive a fair pay for their work.

Anyway, off my high horse and on with the recipe, which was found on the BBC website.


350g plain flour

1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 Tsp Fairtrade ground ginger

1 Tsp Fairtrade ground cinnamon

125g butter

175g Fairtrade caster sugar

1  egg

4 Tbsp golden syrup



Mix the dry ingredients together in the food processor then add the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Beat the egg and syrup together and add to the mix.

Knead the dough and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the shapes you like and place on a  baking sheet lined with baking paper.

Put in an oven at 180 for 10 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes on a tray and then move to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

Bean had lots of fun making these, and in the process I realised that she is tall enough to help standing next to me rather than sitting on the counter like she used to. Sob.

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