German vrs English spiced cookies

So another couple of winter favourites and my question is what the difference between these two spiced cookies. So todays post I have made both and asked people what they think the difference is.




  • 250g plain flour
  • 85g ground almond
  • 2 tsp ground ginger Ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda Bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml clear honey
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest Lemon
  • 85g butter Butter
  • pinch each ground cloves, grated nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder Baking powder

For the icing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • water


  1. Tip the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Heat the honey and butter in a pan over a low heat until the butter melts, then pour into the flour mixture along with the lemon zest. Mix well until the dough is combined and fairly solid. Cover and leave to cool.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4. Using your hands, roll dough into about 30 balls, each 3cm wide, then flatten each one slightly into a disk. Divide the biscuits between two baking trays lined with baking parchment, leaving room for them to expand. Bake for 15 mins, then cool on a wire rack.
  3. To ice the biscuits, Slowly mix water into the icing sugar until  a smooth, runny icing is formed. Dip the top of each biscuit in the icing and spread with the back of a knife. Leave to dry out in a warm


  • Ingredients

    • 300 g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 125 g unsalted butter
    • 100 g soft light brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons golden syrup

Last updated on: 25/12/2016


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