So here are my gingerbread men! I made them specially for the kids. The recipe I used produced soft, cake-like cookies. I didn't use much ginger here, for fear it would deter the kids!
Anyway, this is the simple gingerbread recipe:
- 350g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 100g butter
- 175g soft light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
Put the flour, ginger and soda into a bowl and rub in the butter.
Add sugar and stir in the syrup and egg to make a firm dough.
Refrigerate for half an hour.
Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut out your gingerbread men.
Bake at 190 C on greased baking trays (spaced out, as they will spread) for 10 to 15 mins until golden brown.
Leave to firm up for a couple of minutes before removing from tray and placing on a wire rack to cool.
I decorated the cookies using coloured cream cookie dough, which you pipe onto the dough cut-outs before baking. This is the same method I used for the Lebkuchen and I find it very useful. You can get the recipe here.
Last year, I made some Christmas cookies using a sugar cookie recipe and just added in a teaspoonful or two of ground ginger. It produced a sweeter and crunchier cookie. If you like a cookie with more bite, you should try it.
I used cookie icing to decorate, which was so much work and really not worth all the effort, if you ask me. I'll admit it does look nicer with shinier and brighter colours, but it is such a time-consuming method.
So anyway, here's to more Christmas baking! Cheers!