Annabel Karmel’s Easter Animal Cookies

  • Makes 15

These super cute cookies will look great on any Easter spread



For the cookies

  • 185g
  • Ground ginger 1½ tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda
 ½ tsp
  • Butter 50g, room temperature
  • Soft light brown sugar 85g
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Golden syrup 2 tbsp

For the decoration

  • Mini Smarties
  • Sugar flowers
  • Hundreds and thousands
  • sugar strands
  • icing pen
  • or white and pink icing royal icing mixed with water


  • 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.

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