Make Emma’s Walrus Heart Biscuits

Our Deputy Keeper of Natural History Dr Emma Nicholls has been in the kitchen putting together some very exciting Walrus heart biscuits for the Walrus Tea Party…

You will need:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 100g salted butter
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 225g plain flour
  • Glacier mints
  • Coloured icing

A gingerbread cookie shaped like a walrus

Step one

Draw and cut out your walrus silhouette, including a heart shaped hole in the middle and two triangles for tusks.

Maybe use our own Horniman Walrus as inspiration?

Step two

Heat the butter, sugar, syrup and sugar together in a small saucepan until melted. Leave to cool slightly.

Step three

In a separate bowl mix together bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and flour. Add the buttery mixture and stir. Use your hands to bring it all together until you have a dough.

Chill in the fridge for an hour.

Step four

Preheat your oven to 190C / 170C fan /gas 5.

Roll your dough out until the thickness of a pound coin.

Step five

Using your walrus silhouette, cut out your shapes. In the heart shaped hole put a glacier mint – any colour you like! Chop up another glacier mint into small pieces to become the tusks.

Place your walrus shapes on a baking tray. They will spread slightly as they cook so make sure there is space between them.

Cook for 10-12 minutes.

Step six

Once cooled slightly, use coloured icing to create eyes and a muzzle for your walrus.

Eat and enjoy!

Inspired by this gingerbread recipe.

Sign up to the Great Walrus Tea Party

Large blue cake at a tea party

Great Walrus Party 2020, Emily Lovell

Throw a tea party on 29 June to celebrate the Horniman Museum’s 120th birthday!

Every day the Museum was closed due to the Covid-19 crisis meant that we lost vital income needed to help care for our animals and aquarium residents and to continue to maintain our Gardens and all our Collections.

By hosting a Great Walrus Tea Party and raising some much-needed money, you can help the Horniman to continue being there for the local community as a resource of inspiration and lifelong learning, all whilst enjoying some fabulous cakes!

Find out more, including how to sign up and get your fundraising pack.