Baking a batch of homemade biscuits is a great way to get ready for Christmas, and a wonderful way to spend time with the family in the run up to the big day. These reindeer biscuit ideas are ideal for an afternoon of baking with the kids - they're easy to make and delicious to hand out to festive guests or serve up at parties.

Reindeer Biscuits

Gingerbread reindeer biscuits make great snacks (and extra decoration) for parties, and they're ideal for getting the kids into the Christmas spirit once they break up from school. 

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You'll need:

  • 1/4 cup of golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 g of butter - chopped into cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups of plain flour
  • A smartie or M&M

How to make reindeer biscuits:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and line two baking trays with paper.
  2. In a small oven-proof bowl, mix together the golden syrup, sugar and spices - then place over a saucepan of boiling water
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, stir in the bicarbonate of soda and take off the heat as it starts to bubble
  4. Pour this melted sugar mixture into a large bowl and stir through the chopped butter
  5. Add the egg and a cup of sifted flour and mix together
  6. Add the remaining flour and mix together with a butter knife to make a dough
  7. Flip your dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and soft
  8. Divide the dough into two halves and cover with clingfilm before chilling for 30 minutes
  9. Take the dough from the fridge and roll each portion between two sheets of baking paper until around 5mm thick.
  10. Cut out a reindeer head using cutters (upside down gingerbread people work well too - with their legs for ears) or a blunt knife and place on baking trays.
  11. Bake for 9 - 11 minutes until golden brown
  12. Allow the gingerbread to completely cool before turning upside down and decorating as pictured
  13. Place a little icing in the centre of your reindeers 'face' to help secure it's Smarties or M&M nose.