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Rachel Khoo's Christmas gingerbread heart decorations

Celebrity cook and Action ambassador, Rachel Khoo, is kindly supporting our Christmas appeal, which features Jessica pictured above, with this great gingerbread recipe.


  • 250g | 9oz brown sugar
  • 250g | 9oz treacle
  • 140g | 4¾oz unsalted butter
  • 500g | 18oz plain flour
  • Zest of 1 orange, finely grated
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • icing sugar to decorate


  1. Place a pan with the brown sugar, treacle and butter on a medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter has melted. Leave to cool completely.

  2. In a separate bowl stir together the remaining ingredients. Stir in the melted butter mixture. Use your hand to form the dough into a ball. Leave to chill for 5 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 160C fan (180C/gas 4).

  4. Roll out the dough and cut out your heart shapes. Poke a hole in the top with a wooden skewer (if you wish to hang the biscuits up).

  5. Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool and then decorate with icing.

  6. Don’t forget to share your gingerbread hearts on social media #actionxmashearts


Jessica has Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare potentially fatal heart condition which affects one baby in 5,000. Jessica had her first open heart surgery when she was just one week old, then another at 14 weeks and 6 months, spending her first Christmas in hospital. Find out how Action is helping children like Jessica.

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