Christmas is finally upon us! I love all things Christmas form the festive music, amazingly decorated trees and wacky jumpers. But, the one thing that is best at Christmas is the food, somehow Christmas dinners always seem to exceed Sunday dinners. To add to this, food companies release Christmas inspired treats and we can’t forget the good old box of Celebrations that are demolished within minutes.
Thinking of Christmas, the first food that I always think of is gingerbread because honestly you can’t get anymore festive than gingerbread. Gingerbread is perfect because it comes in all shapes and sizes from: gingerbread men or on a larger scale, gingerbread houses. There is just something about baking especially at Christmas that makes me insanely happy; the house filled with the sweet and comforting scent of baking and also the fact that afterwards you get to eat what you bake whilst sat on the sofa watching your favourite Christmas movie. Or whilst baking, you dance around your kitchen wearing your Christmas pyjamas whilst listening to Christmas music.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Roughly 24 biscuits
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
100g unsalted butter at room temperature
80g soft dark brown sugar
1 large egg
100g icing sugar
3 tablespoons milk
3 drops vanilla extract
coloured dye (optional)
Firstly, in a large bowl sift and combine: flour, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices. Then set aside.
Next, in another bowl using an electric mixer, beat: the egg, sugar and butter on a medium speed for 3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Now, gradually add in your dry flour mixture to the butter mixture on a low speed and mix until it forms a stiff dough.
Now that you have a combined mixture, split your mixture into two equal parts and roll them into a ball. Wrap both of your balls individually in cling film. Leave your mixture in the fridge overnight to chill.
Once chilled remove from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Now, heat the oven at 180°C (350°F).
Flour the surface lightly and roll out one of your mixture balls, roll out your gingerbread evenly to a thickness of 8mm. Cut out your mixture using a cookie cutter of your choice and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Repeat this process for your other gingerbread ball.
Bake the ginger bread for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden (making sure that they do not darken in colour)
Once cooked, place on a wire wrack to cool. When cooled completely you can now decorate them however this is optional. I personally chose to decorate mine because it added to the festive effect.
For the icing: combine: icing sugar and milk until smooth. The icing should not be too runny as this will impact the overall effect of the cookie as the icing will not hold its shape on top of the cookie.
Lastly, add in dye if you desire to have coloured icing.
Once completed, gingerbread cookies look insanely cute and make for an amazing treat for everyone to enjoy. Gingerbread cookies are perfect for the festive period, they also look great along side a gingerbread house! I hope that you enjoyed reading this festive blog post and maybe I inspired you to make these delicious cookies (honestly, I can’t stop eating them). I truly enjoyed baking these cookies; the best part by far was decorating them and eating them. Happy decorating. Have a lovely day!