There is no Christmas without a tin of homemade gingerbread Christmas cookies somewhere in sight in my humble opinion. These gingerbread cookies are easy to make and will make a perfect canvas for kids friendly kitchen crafts if you decide to let them decorate the final product.
- 250g flour
- 80g butter
- 4tbsp honey
- 4tbsp sugar
- 2tbsp natural yogurt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1tbsp cocoa
- 1tbsp gingerbread spice mix
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp baking soda
For decoration (optional)
- 1 egg
- 250g dark chocolate
- 150g icing sugar
- 2tsp white egg powder
- 2tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Prepare and line with baking parchment two large baking treys.
In a small saucepan gently melt the butter and honey but do not allow them to boil. Put aside to cool.
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients being: flour, sugar, cocoa, gingerbread spice mix, cinnamon, and baking soda.
In a small bowl whip the egg yolks.
Once your butter has had the time to cool down, add it into the dry ingredients and mix gently. Next add the yogurt and ensure that all ingredients are well combined. Finally add your egg yolks and mix until smooth.
Place on a flat surface that has been lightly dusted with flour ready for rolling.
Roll out the dough to approximately 1cm in thickness, it can be less but ideally no more. Cut the desired shapes out and place on your pre-lined baking trays.
Now, for a shiny looking cookie, take 1 egg and in a small bowl beat with a fork and use the mix to “paint” your cookies just before their trip into the oven.
Bake in the earlier preheated oven for about 7 to 9 minutes.
Remove from the oven and move onto a cooling rack.
Once cooled down, it’s time to decorate!
You can simply melt some chocolate and half dip them as we did to our Christmas trees or use icing pens to draw on them, or create your own royal icing (just mix 150g of icing sugar with 2tsp of white egg powder and 2tbsp of cold water)… as I am not very good at decorating things I like to stick to the basics 🙂
Do you bake your own gingerbread cookies?
Or maybe you prefer the ones from a packet without all the hassle of home baking?