Gingerbread Caramel Dodgers

Christmassy gingerbread biscuits with a decadent caramel filling. A seasonal twist on the British biscuits, jammy dodgers! 

Christmas is now less than a month away and December only a few days away. Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many, I really love the festivities and getting together with family and friends. Being a foodie, I also have a great time baking and eating lots of my favourite foods.

This year I’m really looking forward to having Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off work, last year was my first experience working on Christmas Day but this year I’m really happy to be spending the day catching up and relaxing with my family at home.

Since I was a kid, our family tradition on Christmas Eve is spending the entire day in the kitchen baking and getting all the preparation done for Christmas Day. My sister and I have tonnes of fun decorating a gingerbread house and then the evening we spend lounging around watching Christmas films and TV.

By the end of this blogging year I have plans to share a couple more Christmas recipes, the recipe I shared before this one is for Cinnamon Rolls and those are perfect your Christmas Eve/Day breakfast.

Today I have a scrumptious Christmas biscuit recipe for you, pop a plate of these on the table and they’ll be gone in moments.

I’ve baked different ginger biscuits for my blog, sharing these Gingerbread Men and Gingernuts previously. I’m a massive fan of anything gingerbread related and even more so over the festive season. I’m not a lover of a few typical Christmas foods like Christmas cake/pudding, mince pies or chocolate-mint/peppermint flavoured bakes/confectionery, so that’s why I always celebrate gingerbread over Christmas!

I love the idea of putting a delicious, Christmassy spin on the British classic, jammy dodgers! I’ve shared a recipe for classic Jammy Dodgers on my blog, but this Christmas version has the traditional gingerbread flavour from a combination of ground ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice and instead of jam it has a sweet caramel filling – are you swooning yet?

These homemade biscuits look cute and they’re such a special treat served with ice cream or dunked into a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

gingerbread caramel dodger recipe

(Makes 18-24)

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Dough:

100g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

75g dark or light brown sugar

3 tablespoons golden syrup

1 large free-range egg yolk

225g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

Caramel Filling:

Approx. 18-24 teaspoons caramel/dulce de leche

Method:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and mix until combined. Now sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice. Mix until a dough comes together. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and flatten into a flat disc, leave to chill in the fridge for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line two large baking trays with parchment paper and set aside. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it’s approx. 1/4-inch in thickness. Using a 8cm cutter (mine has fluted edges) stamp out 36-48 rounds (how many you get depends on the size of the biscuit/cookie cutter you use) and arrange on the baking trays leaving some space between each biscuit.
  3. Using a smaller biscuit/cookie cutter (heart or star shapes are my favourite) and stamp out the centre of half the rounds. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Leave to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes, then transport to a wire rack and leave the biscuits to cool completely. Bake off the mini biscuit/cookies for a little less time than the other biscuits as they’re smaller and won’t take as long to bake – I’d recommend 5-8 minutes depending on how crisp you like them.
  4. Assemble the biscuits by placing a heaped teaspoon of caramel on the whole biscuits and sandwich with the cut-out biscuits. Dust each biscuit with icing sugar and serve.
  5. The biscuits will keep stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • The biscuit dough needs chilling for at least one hour. The gingerbread dough can be made and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking or frozen for up to a month. If the dough is frozen when you’re ready to bake the gingerbread, leave the dough to defrost for 3-4 hours until it’s soft enough to roll out.
  • Bake the biscuits for a few minutes less if you prefer a softer textured biscuit.
  • If caramel isn’t your thing, alternatively fill the biscuits with apricot jam or lemon curd.

The original Jammy Dodgers recipe I’m sure you will like just as much

Love gingerbread just as much as I do? Try these cute and festive Gingerbread Men next

Gingernuts are another traditional British biscuit perfect for Christmastime

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Gingerbread Men

Spiced gingerbread men. Decorated with an easy royal icing. These biscuits make a cute festive bake the whole family will enjoy making and eating! Homemade gingerbread men are the taste of Christmas!

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I couldn’t let the festive season pass and not post a gingerbread biscuit recipe on the blog! I’ve been making this gingerbread biscuit recipe for many years now and it has never let me down. The biscuits perfectly crisp and golden on the outside, yet soft and chewy in the centre. They have the perfect combination of spices and are utterly delicious dunked into a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

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gingerbread men

My gingerbread dough is made from just a handful of ingredients and it’s an absolute breeze to make. Start by creaming softened butter and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then add one egg to the mix along with a few tablespoons of golden syrup. Finally toss together flour, bicarb and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the wet whilst the mixer is running and continue to mix until a soft and slightly sticky dough forms.

I’ve added a mixture of ground cinnamon and ginger to the dough and there is just enough flavour from the spices without being overwhelming. I’ve also used golden syrup in place of molasses, but if you cannot get your hands on golden syrup wherever you live you can substitute the syrup for black treacle or molasses.

Once the dough is chilled you’re then good to go and start rolling it out. Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. This way you don’t add any extra flour to the dough and it’s not as messy!

Cut the gingerbread men out and then evenly spread out onto 2-3 large baking trays and bake until golden. Baking time will depend on the cutters you use. I used a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter and this batch of gingerbread biscuits were in the oven for approx. 10-12 minutes. Baking time will differ by a few minutes either side depending on the size of your cutter and how thick you roll the dough.

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The best part comes next, the decoration! I decorated my gingerbread men with royal icing. You can tint the icing with food colouring and pipe cute decorations onto each biscuit. Top with chocolates, sweets or festive sprinkles. They’re slightly crisp on outside then as you bite into the biscuit you will discover the divine chewy centre.

(Makes 20)

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Biscuits:

125g unsalted butter, softened

175g dark or light brown sugar

1 large free-range egg

4 tablespoons golden syrup or black treacle/molasses (not blackstrap)

350g plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Royal Icing:

227g icing sugar

2 teaspoons egg white powder

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3-5 tablespoons cold water

Food colouring (optional)

Method:

  1. To make the dough: Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and golden syrup and mix until combined. In a small bowl toss together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill the fridge for at least 15 minutes. I left mine in the fridge overnight then allowed it to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before rolling out.
  2. Once the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 160 Fan / 180 C. Line 2-3 large baking trays with parchment paper or silicone mats. Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper or on a lightly floured work surface until it’s 1/4 inch / 0.5cm thick.
  3. Cut out the gingerbread men shapes and spread out evenly on the lined baking trays. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the baking trays for 10 minutes, then carefully transport to a wire rack.
  4. To make the royal icing: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the icing sugar, egg white powder, cream of tartar and 3 tablespoons of cold water. Beat for 5 minutes until thick and glossy. Add the additional 2 tablespoons of water until you reach your preferred consistency.
  5. Decorate the gingerbread men as desired with the icing. Leave the icing to set for about 30 minutes before eating. Gingerbread men will keep in an airtight container for up to up to 1 week.

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Enjoy!

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