• 350 g pack fresh ready-made gingerbread dough
  • 3 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • Few drop each of red and yellow food colouring mixed together to make orange
  • Few drops black food colouring
  • Writing icing in assorted colours

You will also need:

  • Spooky cookie cutters


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180ºC, fan 160ºC, gas 4. Roll out the gingerbread dough to the thickness of a pound coin. Stamp out Halloween shapes using the cookie cutters – there's a witch, pumpkin, ghost and bat - and put on a large baking tray lined with baking parchment. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then leave to cool on a wire rack.

  2. 2

    Make the icing: put the water, lemon juice and icing sugar into a bowl. Mix well, until completely smooth. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon - if needed, add more icing sugar to thicken, or a little warm water to thin.

  3. 3

    Divide the icing between 3 bowls, add the orange food colouring to one bowl and the black to another and mix until you have an even colour.

  4. 4

    Spread the icing evenly over the biscuits, leaving a neat border – you could use the back of a spoon or for a really neat edge, use a disposable piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle. Once the icing has set, decorate with the writing icing.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1156kj 276kcal 14%
  • Fat 4.9g 7%
  • Saturates 2.6g 13%
  • Sugars 45.4g 50%
  • Salt 0.2g 3%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1604kj/383kcal

Each serving provides

55.8g carbohydrate 0.5g fibre 1.8g protein

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