Ginger Cookies – Best Ever Recipes Cookies Phoebe Gibb

The book Best Ever Recipes Cookies by Phoebe Gibb is one of my sister Bernadette’s cook books and she made these up yesterday for the first time. They looked somewhat unpromising on the baking tray before they were into the oven and came out looking like ‘proper’ ginger biscuits.  Recipe says it makes 30-40 cookies, hard to tell as the first few went so quickly. My sister tells me she made about 30 and used 3 baking trays.


  • 220g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger *
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp water

*You could adjust the ginger levels up or down to suit your taste


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C, line two baking trays with greaseproof paper
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour, ginger, bicarb and baking powder
  3. Using your fingertips rub in the butter
  4. Add the sugar and stir well
  5. Finally add the water and golden syrup
  6. Roll the mixture into a ball and divide into walnut sized pieces
  7. Place on the prepared baking tray and flatten slightly with your hand (the book says to press your thumb into the middle of each one but flattening resulted in an authentic ginger cookie appearance)
  8. Bake for about 10 tins
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool

 These would be great biscuits to make with children as they cook so quickly. I’ll be adding this to the list of recipes to try on a cub scout baking session.


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