As we were counting down the days to Christmas, I took a few days off work both to clear the year’s leave and to spend some quality time with Little Miss C.
She’d been asking for “baking classes” for the longest time, but as I was not too keen on the Christmas menu offered at the last place where we went for our baking class, I thought why not do our baking at home instead – and fill our home with the lovely smell of gingerbread cookies!
Here’s a recipe which we tried out together a few days ago:
For this you will need:
4 3/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp all-spice powder
1 tsp salt
28g unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
180g dark brown sugar
160g raw honey
- Pre-heat oven to 190C
- Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, allspice and salt into a large mixing bowl – then leave aside.
- Cream the butter, dark brown sugar and honey with an electric mixer for two minutes on high speed until a smooth mixture forms.
- Add in the eggs (one at a time) and mix for two minutes on high speed until a smooth and light mixture forms.
- Add in the sifted ingredients and mix on low speed for five minutes until a dough forms.
- Remove the dough and form it into a disc. Wrap with a sheet of cling wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
- After freezing, roll the dough out to 4mm thickness and cut into shapes of gingerbread men with a cookie cutter.
- Transfer the cookies onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Make sure to leave some space between the “men” for them to expand during the baking process.
- Give each gingerbread man a button with M&M’s.
- Place your tray into the oven and bake the cookies between eight and 10 minutes until they are firm.
- Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before storing.
- Always dust the surface on which you will be rolling your dough on, as well as your rolling pin with some flour. This is to ease the stickiness from the dough.
- There are just about a million ways to decorate your gingerbread men – use chocolate chips as eyes, M&M’s as buttons, or even dried fruit in place of these sweet treats.
- To add a touch of sweetness to your men, you can even decorate them with royal icing or melted chocolate – topped with hundreds-and-thousands (also known as sprinkles).
- You can add some variety to your Christmas cookies by using cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes: star, santa, candy cane or even love-shaped cutters!