showing off surprising loved ones and friends by offering them a lovely, fresh, home baked cookie! A classic icon/cookie that evokes all kinds of childhood memories of course is the gingerbread man! A friend of mine posted a gingerbread man recipe and the timing could not have been better, it is like she read my mind!
Apart from gingerbread men, try other shapes and decorate them in crazy fun ways. If you have kids, you can not give them a bigger treat than letting them decorate the cookies! Of course with Halloween coming up you can also try and make ghost or pumpkin cookies.
Here is a tried and tested recipe, from Home Galley:
75g soft dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons syrup
1 Tablespoon dark treacle
1 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of ground cloves
the zest from an orange
Half a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
225g plain white flour
Put the first 8 ingredients into a pot on the stove and bring to the boil. Stir in the butter and remove from the heat. Once the butter has all melted, add the bicarb. It will go frothy. Stir in the flour to form a soft elastic dough. Wrap in cling-film and refrigerate until firm.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (160 for a hot convection like mine). Soften the dough by working by hand. Roll out to 3mm thickness and cut into your preferred shape. Transfer to a greased cookie tray with an egg lifter or icing spatula and bake in the middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Watch them closely, you want to whip these out once the edges just start to darken. Leave on the cookie sheet to cool for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack where they’ll crisp up.
I bake these in batches using two cookie sheets. One is baking in the oven while I’m rolling, cutting and loading the other. It works well and you get a more even bake than doing the whole lot in one go on three or four sheets.
Decorate anyway you like.
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