Dutch Spice Biscuits

Ingredients: 2 cups plain flour; 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon; 1.5 teaspoons ground ginger; 0.5 teaspoon ground cloves; 0.5 teaspoon baking powder; 0.5 teaspoon of salt; 1.25 cups packed dark brown sugar; 1.5 cups unsalted butter at room temperature; 1 egg.
  1. Mix the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter with an electric mixer.
  3. Add the egg to the sugar and butter, and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined.
  5. Divide the mixture into two. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
  6. Set oven to 180 C (350 F). Roll out one piece of dough on a floured surface until about 0.5 cm (1/5 inch). Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
  7. Space the biscuits about an inch apart on a greased baking tray and cook for about 8-10 minutes (the edges will just darken). Cool on a rack.
  8. Repeat with the other dough. It's important that the dough is kept reasonably cool while you're doing this; if it starts to warm up, the butter will melt and you should refrigerate for a while and work with the other dough.
The biscuits are meant to be eaten cool, so they're crunchy.

Contributed by:
Liz Watts
Tres Condados Girl Scout Council, California, USA
Ex Guider and Adviser, UK

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