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Category: Dessert , Nibbles , Sweet

24 6 2019

Celebrate Matariki, the start of the Māori new year, with these delicious gingerbread biscuits using Pams Finest Ginger Spice Drops.

Matariki is the Māori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster, so these star-shaped treats are perfect to share with friends and family! Go wild with the icing designs and top with silver balls, sprinkles, or whatever decorative toppings you prefer.

Ready in: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Pams Caster Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Pams Golden Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Pams Finest Ginger Spice Drops
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 75g Pams Butter, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pams Baking Soda
  • 1 ¾ cups Pams Plain Flour

For the royal icing:

  • Egg white from 1 Pams Free Range Egg
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups Pams Icing Sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Pop the sugar, syrup, spices and 1 tablespoon of water into a large saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove the pan off the heat and mix in the butter and baking soda. Once the butter is melted, add the flour to make a firm dough.
  3. Place the dough in a shallow dish and set aside to cool. Roll out the dough and cut into star shapes with cookie cutters.
  4. Bake on a cookie tray lined with baking paper for about 12 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  5. To make the royal icing, use an electric mixer to beat together the egg white, lemon juice and icing sugar until glossy and thick. Use a piping bag to decorate the cooled biscuits and store in an airtight container once the icing has set.

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