We pre-ordered our copy of Sixth Edition yesterday at our local store and I even brought along cookies. The lovely guys at our local GW even gave me a 25th Anniversary poster for them, which was very sweet of them as I had made the biscuits for fun. Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures, so if you want to see what they look like, you’ll have to make your own. I made Space Marines, Orks and Tyranids (ok dinosaurs- they don’t do Tyranid shaped biscuit cutters) but of course, you’re free to convert them.
The recipe I used was the Be-Ro gingerbread men recipe, but you could use any roll-outable biscuit dough- such as a Shrewsbury Biscuit recipe. If you have kids and they’ve been given a cookery book, there’s bound to be a recipe there. You could probably even use ready-made gingerbread men or a recipe from a box, but that’s cheating!
I wrote out this recipe with my boyfriend in mind, as he can cook so long as he has sufficient instructions, but isn’t confident enough to guess.
For the biscuits:
300g self raising flour
pinch of salt
3x teaspoon ground ginger
100g caster (or granulated) sugar
50g margarine or butter
3x tablespoons golden syrup
4x tablespoons milk
Fondant icing (about 500g) in the colours of your choice
Some apricot jam
You also need:
Greased baking trays (probably two but I have a tiny oven and need three)
A (wooden) spoon
A rolling pin
a board for rolling onto
A small round biscuit cutter
A gingerbread man cutter (or a dinosaur shaped one or…)
A knife- preferably a palette knife
A cooling rack (if you haven’t got one use the rack from the grill if you have one other wise just cool them on a plate)
An oven heated to 160C (gas mark 3)
- Make sure the oven is on and that you have greased the baking trays with a little butter or margarine otherwise you’ll have a nice collection of Space Marine Casualties
- First mix together the flour, salt and ginger in a bowl
- In a saucepan melt together the margarine, sugar and syrup, stirring as you go.
- Once it has melted, pour it onto the flour mixture and mix together
- Add the milk and use your hands to make the mixture into a soft smooth dough. It should form one smooth lump. If it really won’t do this you can add a teaspoon or so more milk, but be very, very careful not to make it too wet. If this happens you can add a little more flour.
- Dust the board with a bit of flour and rub flour on the rolling pin.
- Roll the dough out until it’s about 3 or 4mm thick. As you roll, turn the dough round every two or three rolls and occasionally turn the dough over to make sure it doesn’t stick. I prefer dividing the dough into two lumps.
- When the dough is rolled out cut out equal quantities or circles (for bases) and shapes (you can just do shapes if you don’t want to stand them up). If you have offcuts you can roll them out again to make more shapes. If you want to make chaos marines you can add horns using little bits of dough and stick them on the cut out men shapes.
- Put the biscuits on the baking trays and put into the oven.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. When the biscuits are ready they will have turned a golden brown colour (like biscuits should look) but they’ll still be soft.
- Remove from the oven
- Leave them on the trays for about ten minutes so they start to set
- Then remove them carefully from the tray using the knife and put them on the cooling rack to cool
- Once they are cool you can decorate them. For Space Marines you can use the chapter colour of choice and Orks are obviously green, for Tyranids- go wild 🙂
- Dust your board and rolling pin with lots and lots of icing sugar. Fondant icing has a similar stickiness to green stuff or milliput and sticks to everything!
- Roll out the fondant icing to about 2mm thickness. Cut out shapes. Cut out circles for the bases if you’re using them.
- Spread the biscuits with a little bit of apricot jam and place the fondant on top.
- Use the writing icing to decorate the figures.
- Use a little more writing icing to stick the figures to the bases if you’re eating them.
- Eat them.
They should keep a few days in a sealed tin/ tupperware box if you’re not that hungry! I made about 24 biscuits (with bases) but it all depends on the size of your cutters.