Christmas gift idea: gingerbread cookies

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I love gingerbread. It might possibly be my favourite cookie flavour! I really wanted to make gingerbread this year and asked on social media for some recipes! This recipe is adapted from Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things Spiced Treacle Gingerbread Biscuits. Thanks Liz for sharing it!

Not bad for a first attempt making cookies from scratch, eh? I loved the result. It took a lot of self control not to gobble all of these up!

Ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter, chopped and softened
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of ground ginger or dried ginger powder
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of ground cinnamon or dried cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Icing

  • 1/2 an egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • food colouring, optional
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Line two biscuit trays with baking paper. If you are grinding your spices yourself (with a spice grinder), do this now.

Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl (or in a food processor) until light and creamy, then beat in the whole egg and egg yolk.

Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients (the combined sifted flours, spices and bicarbonate of soda).

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for two to three minutes until smooth. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes. The dough needs to be really well-chilled so that it is easier to work with when rolling out and cutting.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.

Divide the dough into two and roll out each one between two sheets of baking paper to 1.5cm in thickness (quite thick!). Make sure you roll the dough so that the surface does not have any cracks or wrinkles. Cut out the dough into the shapes of your preference. You will need to reshape the dough to use up all of the scrap bits of the dough and roll out again. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

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Place the cookies onto the trays and bake for ten minutes, check to ensure that the cookies don't over brown.  Remove from the oven and leave on the trays for five minutes, before transferring to wire racks to cool.

To make the icing, whisk the egg white until foamy. Add the lemon juice and sugar and stir until glossy. Add some food colouring if you wish to use coloured icing. Spoon the icing mixture into a piping bag and decorate the cookies with cool outfit designs.

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Allow to set. Wrap cookies in clear cellophane and decorate with curling ribbon. How cute are they!!

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