Horlicks-bread family

A malty alternative to gingerbread men, this is a great baking activity to do with the little ones, and the end result can be enjoyed by the whole family!

This recipe was inspired by: Claire Morgan
Makes: 15 biscuits


Made using Horlicks Original.

Just add milk. The original malted recipe loved for more than 140 years.


  • 280g plain flour
  • 150g salted butter
  • 90g golden caster sugar
  • 35g Horlicks Original
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 20g Horlicks Original


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and Horlicks Original into a medium bowl.

Place the sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

Add the flour mix to the butter and mix until fully combined, then knead the mixture until it forms a dough.

Tip the dough onto cling film and gently press to form a 1cm thick square. Top with another piece of cling film and using a rolling pin, roll to approx 3mm.

Cut the dough using character cutters until you have 30 biscuits and arrange on non-stick baking trays, leaving space between each biscuit.

Chill the biscuits in the fridge for 10 minutes, then add to the oven and bake for 12 minutes until light brown.

Whilst the biscuits are baking, beat together the butter, icing sugar and Horlicks Original until light and fluffy and spoon into a piping bag.

Allow the biscuits to cool and decorate with Horlicks buttercream.