CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you're looking to spice things up this holiday season, why not turn to the royal bakery? 

Last weekend, the royal pastry chefs shared a recipe for Buckingham Palace's signature Christmas gingerbread biscuits. They even included a few photos of how they're made on the royal family's official Instagram account. 

So what's the secret to the queen's favorite holiday snack? 

"It’s always best to let the dough rest, so it's great if you can make the dough the night before," the pastry chefs posted on the royal family's website. "You can also roll out the dough, cut the shapes and put them in a freezer for an hour. This ensures they keep their shape nicely."


200 grams of self-rising flour
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
100 grams of unsalted butter
75 grams of dark brown soft sugar
25 grams of granulated sugar for dusting
45 grams of milk


1. Mix the flour and spices. Then add the diced butter and crumb together with your fingers. 

2. Add the milk to form a paste. Wrap the mixture in cling wrap and allow it to rest for at least two hours. Pro tip: It's best to let this settle overnight.

3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

4. Roll out the cookies to whatever size you want. Cut them out and lay on your pan with some parchment paper to prevent sticking. Sprinkle some sugar on them before baking until the cookies are set. 

5. Allow the cookies to cool fully on a rack before you ice them. Allowing the cookies to properly cool is crucial, the chefs say. 

Click here for more of the royal family's favorite holiday recipes.