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Chocolate Chip Gingernut Biscuits


Cold winter days call for pots of tea and ‘dunky biscuits’, the iconic British tradition of dipping ones biscuit into your tea! It’s a fine art, dunking it long enough to warm the biscuit through but not so long that it plops off into your cup causing a unattractive floating sludge….. I’m speaking from experience. Perhaps for those unfamiliar with dunking, it may seems a little ‘crass’ but it’s an old tradition that I imagine came from the need to dunk when biscuits were very dry and hard and now we refuse to let the tradition go. The best biscuits to dunk, for me, are the Gingernut which are crisp or the Rich Tea biscuit that is plain but needs a little more skill in the dunk. Believe it or not, there are dunking competitions in Britain…we are a little eccentric aren’t we?

So what food traditions do you have that others might find bizarre?

50g chopped dark chocolate, 70%
1 tsp ground ginger
110g self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g butter
50g sugar
50g runny honey or golden syrup (2 tbsp)

Pre heat oven to 180C.
Sift flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
Rub butter into flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, you can use a food processor, then add the sugar and chopped chocolate.
Add the honey/golden syrup and mix everything with a spoon, finish off by squeezing the mixture together with your hands.
Divide the mixture into 12, and roll each portion into a ball.
Place on the lined baking sheet, well spaced out as they will spread quite a bit during baking, flatten each one slightly.
Bake on the centre shelf for 15-20 minutes, or until they have spread out and turned cracked and craggy.
Cool on the baking tray for a few minutes then, using a palette knife, remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. Jueseppi B. #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Cookies….YummY. Thank U Pease Pudding.

    June 10, 2012
  2. Wow thats a nice photo! I love how its composed, so beautiful. Anyway back to the biscuits, that looks yummy, I love dunking my biscuits as well soft or hard.

    June 11, 2012
  3. Delicious looking and sounding! I love that flavor.



    June 11, 2012
  4. I’m going to try making these for my diabetic hubby, using agave rather than honey, and chopping stem ginger rather than chocolate. Cross your fingers for me, as these tweakings often go wrong! 😀

    June 11, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      I think the honey/syrup melts and helps the dough spread. Do you use the same amount of agave to honey or less? If less they may not spread so much so perhaps press them out a little

      June 11, 2012
  5. Lovely shot! I adore ginger anything, these look amazing xx

    June 11, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Thanks Emma, I love ginger too, stem ginger doesn’t last long in the cupboard and often doesn’t make it to cakes!

      June 11, 2012
  6. Delicious looking chocolate biscuits! It’s make me so hungry! I can’t wait to eat this 🙂

    June 11, 2012
  7. A real winter cookie!
    Have to admit that the thing I liked most is the pewter on your pic! Around 1800?

    June 11, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      The pewter is lovely isn’t it, I picked these up in the UK, the mugs is quite dented but I love it. It has a 1/2 pint sign on it, I’ll look to see if there are any date markings but I don’t think so. I have it’s big brother too. You don’t see them here in NZ so they must be pretty old.

      June 11, 2012
      • Indeed, your mug looks pretty old… I did put my old pewter in the background of my last posting on my blog 😉

        June 12, 2012
  8. Lovely photography! Wonderful biscuit recipe!

    June 11, 2012
  9. What a beautiful shot! Love the recipe just as much.

    June 11, 2012
  10. Hehe, I loved dunking with guide biscuits but gingernuts are far better suited! Why didn’t I think of that before?! Love the addition of chocolate chips here too 🙂

    June 11, 2012
  11. Somehow, though, dunking competitions seem a little less strange and a little more benign than that ye ol’ British art of cheese rolling! Lovely cookies. I love ginger. 🙂

    June 11, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Yes cheese rolling is another funny tradition!

      June 12, 2012
  12. Reblogged this on claratheginger and commented:
    I must bake these!

    June 12, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      thanks Clara

      June 13, 2012
  13. Hey lovely biscuits Alli! Gingernuts are my all-time favourite and would be great with dark chocolate in there too 🙂

    June 13, 2012
  14. That shot is so atmospheric, I’m imagining medieval dunkers in a dunking pub! I love to dunk and i have to admit ginger nuts are an excelent choice, my particular favourite being a chocolate hobnob! This is a fabulous combination of the two & I’d love to grab one off the top of that pile!

    June 14, 2012
  15. Mmmm, dunking gingernuts – a real taste of my childhood. Love the idea of the chocolate chips.

    So pleased you have a big Mac now – are you loving it?


    June 15, 2012
  16. Hmmm, being a ginger purist I’m not sure I’m with the chocolate and ginger combination but willing to give it a go. The only dunking biscuit for me is a digestive :o)

    June 15, 2012
  17. Oh my, I love this photo so much. The recipe looks amazing too!

    Funny you should mention dunking biscuits, I accidentally left a gingernut floatie in my Earl Grey this afternoon! Haha!

    June 28, 2012

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