There is one thing that I have failed at year after year – making Gingerbread, but this year I’ve been playing around in the kitchen a lot creating different recipes and finally perfected a gingerbread recipe that is easy to use with kids, tastes delicious and doesn’t spread, grow or taste horrid (yes all of those have happened over the past few years!) and really, it is a lot of fun to make! We’ve been using the recipe to create some delicious Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies which are the perfect gift to give neighbours this festive season and look so pretty as well.
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350 g plain flour (all purpose)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
115 g softened unsalted butter
175 g soft light brown sugar
2 tbsp of black treacle (molasses)
1 medium egg
Milk if needed
100 g icing/powdered sugar
Variety of sugar decorations such as silver stars, balls and sugar crystals
Scroll down to find the full printable recipe to cook these snowflake cookies this Christmas.
One of the things I loved doing when my kids were little was letting them sit on the kitchen counter and help me cook. It was essential when making these snowflake cookies as T at the time was much too small to see over the surface and into the bowl.
Making the breadcrumb texture with the cookies is really difficult for kids but with their and your hand in the large mixing bowl you can mix it together and combine the butter with the flour.
You may need to add a little milk if the mixture doesn’t form a dough easily – add a little milk and knead and then add a little more until you form the dough.
Lightly flour the work surface so that you don’t have a problem with the gingerbread dough sticking.
Take a snowflake cookie cutter and cut out several snowflake shape cookies from the dough. Make the leftover dough into a ball and roll out again. Cut more until you have used up the dough as much as possible.
Using the Snowflake cutter we have I found it really useful to have a skewer handy to poke out the bits of the snowflake that were cut out.
Decorate the snowflake cookies once cooled. Find our simple recipe for Royal Icing to decorate these with below in the Printable Recipe Card.
This recipe is also perfect to make gingerbread men from just switchout your cookie cutter for a gingerbread man one instead.
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 250 g Icing Sugar Powdered
- Preheat the oven to 190C.
- Place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter until it has a breadcrumb consistency.
- Add the light brown sugar and stir thoroughly.
- Next, make a well in the centre of the mix and add the beaten eggs and black treacle.
- Stir until it makes a firm dough. If the mixture doesn’t form a dough easily – add a little milk at a time, kneading and adding more milk if necessary.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out until it is around 5mm thick.
- Using a snowflake cookie cutter cut out several shapes from the dough.
- Make the leftover dough into a ball and roll out again. Repeat until the dough is used up.
- Put the snowflakes onto a greased or lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 7- 10 minutes until light golden brown.
- Remove and cool on a rack.
- Using the stand mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and icing sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form.
- Scoop out and decorate using a spoon or piping bag as you want.
- Add sprinkles, sugar crystals, balls or snowflakes to finish off.
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