date, ginger and sesame biscuits Dan Lepard

Ginger, Date and Sesame Biscuits

Today was the longest day ever made. At least in the last ten weeks. An infant solstice of sorts. The day just kept going. Peace has thankfully returned, for now, and so let us all take this time to eat biscuits.

I was given a very pretty cookbook a few years back, it’s by Dan Lepard (Short and Sweet) and it’s very good. Most all of the recipes contain something a bit odd or a combination of things you perhaps hadn’t considered. The major flaw, however, is the lack of photos. I am bitterly lacking in confidence when it comes to pictureless recipes that are without a reference. Nonetheless I needed something new and I am a fiend for an auld spiced biscuit.

The sesame is a peculiar but successful addition. I normally think of sesame as the preserve of the savoury courses but they give a charming nuttiness without the unpleasant texture of a whole nut. I’ve made hardly any changes to the original recipe; light instead of dark muscavado being the main one.

The trickiest part of this recipe is the handling of the fecking treacle, other than that it only takes a few minutes to whip up and you’ll finish with about 15 lovely biscuits.

date, sesame and ginger cookies, dan lepard

Oven Temperature 180 degrees Celsius

Butter                                   125g

Light muscavado sugar       50g

Egg yolk                                1

Treacle                                  2 tablespoons

Plain flour                             175g

Bicarbonate of soda             1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder                     1 teaspoon

Ground ginger                     2 teaspoons

Mixed spice                          2 teaspoons

Dates                                     175g

Sesame seeds                       a handful or so

Preheat the oven and line two baking trays with baking parchment. Boil the kettle and when it’s finished fill up a narrow, tall glass with the water and pop your metal tablespoon into it.

Place the butter, sugar and egg yolk into a mixing bowl and beat to combine.

Get your newly hot tablespoon and spoon two tablespoons of treacle into the butter mix. Beat some more.


Add the flour, soda, baking powder and spices into the treacley-butter mix and use a wooden spoon to combine.

Chop your dates into small, pea-sized pieces and throw them into the mix too. I ditched the spoon at this stage and just used my hands to incorporate the dates and to form a smooth dough.

date, sesame and ginger cookies, dan lepard
what a date means to me these days

Spread your sesame seeds on a dinner plate.

Roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the biscuit mix, with your hands, and then flatten them down into the sesame seeds so they are coated on one side. Place the biscuits onto the prepared trays, sesame seed side up, and put them into the oven.

date, sesame and ginger cookies, dan lepard

They take between 15 – 20mins and are delicious.

date, sesame and ginger cookies, dan lepard


4 thoughts on “Ginger, Date and Sesame Biscuits

  1. I keep telling you how to deal with treacle. Weigh out a tablespoon once. In future just zero your scales with the bowl on and then add the weight of treacle (with a hot spoon). PS I agree Dan Lepard has some great recipes, despite the lack of photos. He has a recipe for spelt cookies with stem ginger, very moreish.


  2. Oh were these the biscuits you claimed you had for me. They look pretty tasty. Shame I never got them. Sigh


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