All kids have those few words they don’t pronounce correctly, and it’s the cutest thing in the world. One of River’s is pumpkin, he fits an ‘L” in there and calls them pumpklins. We’ve always found it so sweet we never bothered correcting him, and now even at seven and a half he’s still mispronouncing it! It’ll be a sad day when he realises.
Once baked I plan on putting them out of his reach, so he has to ask me for a pumpklin biscuit every time!
Pumpkin spice mix is very hard to come by around these parts so I always make my own, it couldn’t be easier and takes seconds to make.
During these autumn months I will add it to just about anything!
Depending on the type of honey you use, you may need to add more flour to the mix to get a firm dough suitable for rolling. When I used runny honey the biscuits still came out great but I needed to add about 50g more flour. When using a much thicker honey the 250g was just enough.
I like to knock up a batch of these and then let the kids loose on the icing decoration… it keeps them quiet for a few minutes anyways.
- 100g (just under ½ cup) butter, softened
- 150g (7/8 cup) soft, dark brown sugar
- 60g (just under ¼ cup) thick/set honey
- 1 egg
- 250g (1¾ cups) plain flour, plus more for rolling
- 3 tsp pumpkin spice mix
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F, grease and line two large baking sheets and set aside.
- Place the butter, sugar, honey and egg in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until well combines.
- Add the flour, spices and bicarb and mix to form a smooth stiff dough, You may need to add a bit more flour.
- Wrap dough in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured worktop to about 3mm thick, use a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut 12 biscuits and place on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes, remove and cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing place the icing sugar in a mixing bowl and add cold water a drop at a time and mix until it reaches piping consistency.
- Put the icing in a small piping bag fitted with a small writing nozzle and pipe faces/decorations onto the biscuits.