Bake these animal cookies as part of an Easter-themed afternoon tea, complete with mini eggs and cups of tea.


  • 185g plain flour
  • 1 ½tsp ground ginger
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 50g butter at room temperature
  • 85g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2tbsp golden syrup

For the decoration

  • mini Smarties
  • sugar flowers
  • hundreds and thousands
  • sugar strands
  • icing pen
  • royal icing or white and pink icing


  • STEP 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line or grease two large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.

  • STEP 2

    Sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into chunks and add to the bowl. Rub the butter into the flour using your fingers until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the sugar into the mixture, then add the egg yolk and golden syrup and mix everything together using a wooden spoon.

  • STEP 4

    Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour and knead the dough until it is smooth. Cut the dough in half.

  • STEP 5

    Sprinkle the work surface with a little more flour and roll out the dough, starting at the centre and rolling evenly outwards. Repeat with the second ball of dough.

  • STEP 6

    Cut into shapes using animal cookie cutters. Re-roll the trimmings and use all the dough.

  • STEP 7

    Place the shapes on the lined or greased baking sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate the biscuits once they are cool.