Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

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.

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 kid friendly kitchen crafts if you decide to let them decorate the final product. Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

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!

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 kid friendly kitchen crafts if you decide to let them decorate the final product.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 kid friendly kitchen crafts if you decide to let them decorate the final product.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?

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.

What’s Cooking – Christmas Gingerbread Man Cookies

What’s Cooking - Christmas Gingerbread Man Cookies

The Christmas season is in a full bloom so it is time to get some festive food ready. What can be more festive than some tasty little gingerbread cookies?

The recipe I want to share with you today is from The Christmas 3D Cookie Kit from Parragon. The kit contains 3D cookie cutters (so you can make your own 3D snowman and 3D Christmas tree) and a recipe book with a fantastic selection of Christmas cookies.

The recipe I’ve chosen was originally for a Mini Gingerbread House Cookies, but we thought that a gingerbread man shaped cookies will be a better choice 🙂What’s Cooking - Christmas Gingerbread Man Cookie

Ingredients:

125g butter

2tbp golden syrup

175g light muscovado sugar

300g self-rising flour

2tbsp ground ginger

1 large egg

Method:

Prepare 2 large baking sheets, ideally pre-lined with a baking paper.

Heat the oven to 160C.

Place the butter and the golden syrup in a pan and heat gently, stirring all the time until melted.

Remove the pan from the heat, add sugar and stir until dissolved.

Sift the flour and ginger into a large bowl and make a well in the middle ready for the wet ingredients.

Pour in the warm, wet ingredients and add the beaten egg into the mix.

Stir thoroughly to form a smooth dough.

Wrap it in a cling film and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Remove your dough from the fridge and prepare to roll it out; ideally you want your rolled dough to be about 5mm thick.

Cut desired shapes using a cookie cutter or an upside down glass if you want to make a classic round shape or even a knife if all else fails.

Transfer your cut cookies to your baking sheets.

Chill in the fridge for a further 10 minutes.

Bake in earlier preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until firm and lightly brown.

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool down.

Now the fun can begin…

It is time to decorate!

What’s Cooking – Christmas Gingerbread Man CookieWhat’s Cooking -- Christmas Gingerbread Man Cookies

If you are good with decorating you can make your own royal icing (just mix 150g of icing sugar with 2tsp of white egg powder and 2 tbsp of cold water)… I am not a master decorator so we used shop bought icing pens to make this job easier 😉

Happy baking!

What’s Cooking – Christmas Gingerbread Man Cookies