Meet my sweet and spicy ginger biscuits – or some would call them cookies. They’re easy to make, great to dunk in a freshly made hot coffee and are a not-too-sweet treat that’s just right. They have just the right amount of spice and sweetness and perfectly light enough to eat a couple without feeling guilty.
I grew up loving the packaged supermarket version of gingernut snaps. They were generously spiced and if you weren’t careful, were so hard that you’d almost break your teeth taking a bite (thankfully that never happened to me)! They were always difficult to stop at one … or two. But the flavour has changed over the years and I find them rather less, well, flavourful. The last time I bought them, I found spice flavour didn’t taste natural any more and they were overly sweet.
A quick Google search about the biscuits has uncovered a rather interesting article from October 2022, which states Arnotts Gingernuts (yes, that’s the version I’m referring to) has four different recipes! Why? Because Australian states have different preferences and so they taste different across Australia. You can read that article here. For the record, I last ate these in Tasmania, so maybe I need to try the Victorian version now I’m back in Melbourne.
Home made is always better
That said, it doesn’t change the fact that in my frustration I went seeking a recipe for these classics and true to form, I found a few different ones that I experimented on until coming up with the recipe below. It doesn’t have the same hard crack that the commercial version has and despite what looks like a lot of ginger and spice, its flavour is gentle.
As with most of my recipes, once you make them once it’s up to you how you tweak it to suit your own tastes.
And that’s one of the things I love about cooking and sharing recipes. I give you a foundation and you can make your ultimate version with a bit of creativity and a tweak here and there.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe for Sweet and Spicy ginger biscuits.
Like these? Try some of my other biscuit recipes.
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Fancy a slice of cake? My Orange Poppyseed Cake has all the feels. It’s full of citrusy flavour, syrupy and is one of the best cake recipes I’ve ever made. It’s always a crowd pleaser.