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Chelsea Ginger Crunch

By Chelsea Sugar
Chelsea Ginger Crunch
8 servings
  • 86 reviews

  • Difficulty
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 20 mins
  • Serves

    125g Tararua Butter, softened
    1/2 cup Chelsea White Sugar
    1 1/2 cups Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    1 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
    1 tsp ground ginger

    Ginger Icing
    75g Tararua Butter
    3/4 cup Chelsea Icing Sugar
    2 Tbsp Chelsea Golden Syrup
    3 tsp ground ginger


    Preheat oven to 190°C.
    Cream Tararua Butter and Chelsea White Sugar until light and fluffy. Sift Edmonds Standard Grade Flour, Edmonds Baking Powder and ginger together. Mix into creamed mixture.
    Turn dough onto a lightly floured board. Knead well. Press dough into a greased 20 x 30 cm sponge roll tin.
    Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until light brown.
    Pour ginger icing over base while hot and cut into squares before it gets cold.

    Ginger Icing
    In a small saucepan combine Tararua Butter, Chelsea Icing Sugar, Chelsea Golden Syrup and ginger. Heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly.

    Special thanks to the Edmonds Cookery Book for use of this Best Ever recipe

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Average Rating
(86 reviews)

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Yum :)

really good recipe

The flour to butter ratio is wrong for the base. You either need less flour or more butter. Icing was a bit skimpy as well.

Mixture was very dry. I added a few splashes of water to moisten it up. And you need to double the icing or it is not enough.
Overall pretty yum

Lovely easy recipe, but I doubled the icing as I found it to thin .

It was so much fun

Perfect and yummy

As soon as the cake went into my mouth....heaven. The ginger flavour brought back memories of mums Saturday baking on the farm back in the 60's. I have her original Edmonds cook book, a Cadbury kitchen quick weigh and a Chelsea 6lb sugar bag that for some reason got left at the back of her pantry!

Super easy and so yummy! Next time I would double the ginger icing as it was a bit thin.

I made this GF by swapping the type of flour mix, plus dairy free by substituting coconut oil for the butter... Now I'm waiting for it to cool! I tried both components seperately & they were good, I KNOW the combo is gonna be GOOD. I would, however suggest at least doubling the amount of icing as it barely covered the base! The base also didn't fill the try or it would have been too thin... I will be making this again, but personally I'd double the base and triple the icing... Maybe even quadruple it for a nice thick topping. One star deducted only because of the odd amounts... You needed to try the recipe beforr posting! Ta Chelsea & Edmonds, nice teamwork.

It tastes so good! But I had to double everything because I have a big family and the icing wasn't enough to cover it all so I made another batch for the icing and it was perfect! taste is perfect.

Such a yummy recipe and easy to make with my grandson. Others loved it too!

Very Very Bad!!! :(

Rich taste in food. I am a bit of a sweet tooth

Lovely the best I have had . :)


Delish!!! Highly recommend

I had to double the ingredients plus double the topping otherwise too thin turned out perfect and topping set good made to give as xmas goodies very yummy

Easy to make and delicious, couldn't knead because flour mixture was too crumbly but end result for base was good

Soooo good love it

Love it. Kids were so mad that they had to bring it to school. I had to make another batch for them and they devoured it.

It was so good. It went down in 2days. A little to much ginger

Base was too dry and crumbly - too much flour to butter ratio. Also the ginger icing needs to be double the amount to even cover it ...consider triple if you are wanting a thick icing base! Flavour is great but this recipe fails on ratios.

This is a great recipe because it tastes good, it's easy to make and it's fun baking. I definitely give it 100 out of 100.

It was delicious and not to sweet

It's really good.

Yum, yum, yum!

So easy and delicious. I like the topping.

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Delicious and divine.

Delicious and divine.

Too much flour for the amount of butter. The second time I used only one cup of flour instead of 1.5 cups. The topping was not quite enough, so I doubled it for the second time. Taste is perfect.

Delicious. A great recipe.

Delicious and not too sweet!

Very tasty.

Wow. I am addicted to these! I ate half of them in one day so delicious. Whoops!!

Love this recipe :)

I loved this recipe it was filling and just perfect :)

I would double the base and icing as even in the correct size pan it’s pretty thin. Also I’d cook it at a slightly lower temp, say 180.

This was super yummy, but had to double the ginger icing recipe because it wasn't enough to spread over the whole tin. I am 12 and I found it really easy to make!


Great!!! And recipe very easy to follow.

Very yummy, but we did have to add more butter into the flour mixture as it was too crumbly but turned out well!


Grew up with slice and so happy to make it for my family, Tasty ginger and shortbread go together so well.

Wonderful! Its so yummy!

Absolutely my family's favourite. Agree with the others regarding increasing the icing sugar.

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Easy and simple to follow. The whole family enjoyed it

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I accidentally added 1 tsp of Cinnamon (I added 2 tsp of ginger as well) into the sauce, but honestly, it was really good, it made it slightly sweeter and balanced instead of being overpowered with ginger, whilst still tasting like ginger crunch.

I agree with other reviews, absolutely the best ginger crunch but definitely recommend you add more icing sugar to the icing otherwise it is too runny, (1 cup minimum) I also cooked the base for less at 180c for 20 mins so it wasn’t so hard and crunchy. Everyone has raved about it.

Wow, how is this ginger crunch really true. It's just delicious.

Easy, modified it to be dairy free by using dairy free spread

Easy peasy and so delicious

Delicious recipe, would advise adding more ginger if you like a spicier taste. A much loved ginger crunch!


Straight out of the NZ Edmonds book , great recipe but not yours

Soooooo yummmyyyy

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Absolutely delicious. However the icing needs doubling for a decent thickness.

Something went drastically wrong with the icing :( very watery and maybe too much ginger? :(


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The best so good

yum it was like food

This is a very easy recipe and great for all baking abilities. 5/5

A really yummy recipe for mothers day or just a snack!

Soooo easy and yummy

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My go to recipe when I’m craving something sweet and crunchy and full of flavour. I double the recipe and bake the base for 35 minutes. A never fail recipe and a favourite in my household.

I think this was delightful. I give a five star rating

Very easy to make and yummy too

I put chicken into this recipe as a little flavour enhancer. My 6 month old didnt like it too much but my cat and I thought it was delicious! Great recipe!


Everyone loved it

This was a great recipe and the whole family enjoyed it, I would advise adding slightly more icing but it may depend the size of the pan.

Very Yummy!

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Very easy and yummy! ❤️

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Ohh Yummo with spicy taste. Friends & family loved this. Thanks mum!

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Never fails and super yum. Definitely recommend this ginger crunch.

The best ginger slice I've ever made yummy!!

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Just love this recipe, hubby took some to work for his mates the first time I made it! Consider doubling the recipe for a larger tin. Very simple but delicious!

My family always love it when i make this recipe. I often make a batch and a half to get the right size for a full baking tray. One of my favourites and so easy to make

Consider doubling the topping quantities in order to get a decent thickness of topping.

:) yummy!

Try this recipe today and love it. Easy and great recipe indeed.

Easy peasy and absolutely mouthwatering. Love this old recipe.

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