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.
For this weeks, #TeachECE theme of Kid-Made Gifts, we’ve got lots of suggestions for different gifts that kids and you can make together for family, teachers, friends and neighbours – check out the end of the post to find out more.
Ingredients and Materials Needed
350 g/12oz plain flour (all purpose)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
115 g/4 oz softened butter
175 g/6 oz soft light brown sugar
2 tbsp of black treacle (molasses)
1 medium egg
Milk if needed
100 g/ 31/2 oz icing/powdered sugar
Variety of sugar decorations such as silver stars, balls and sugar crystals
Making the Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies
Into a large mixing bowl place the dry ingredients and rub in the butter so that it looks like breadcrumb consistency.
Into the mixture add the light brown sugar and stir thoroughly. Then make a well in the middle and add the egg and golden syrup. Stir until it makes a firm dough.
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.
Onto a lightly floured surface add the dough and roll it out till it’s around 5mm thick.
Take a snowflake cookie cutter and cut out several shapes 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.
Put the snowflakes onto a greased or lined baking tray.
Preheat the oven to 190C or gas mark 5 and put the snowflakes in for between 7 and 10 minutes until lightly golden brown. Timings will depend on your oven.
Remove and let cool on a cooling rack.
With the 100g powdered icing sugar add around 2 tsp of water and mix together to make a simple icing for the snowflakes.
Transfer the cookies to a plate and let the kids decorate them by pouring the icing on and then adding silver balls, sugar crystals or silver stars.
Out Now! – Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I’ve been there!
So that is why we’ve put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
More Kid-Made Gift Ideas
Check out these other ideas for kid-made gifts from the #TeachECE team
DIY Paper Plate Christmas Wreath from The Educators’ Spin On It
DIY Crayon Lip Balm from Raising Life Long Learners
Gift Tag Memory Game from Munchkins and Moms
Easy Kid Craft Idea: DIY Picture Frame from Learning to Walk
Gingerbread Snowflakes from Rainy Day Mum
Cinnamon Sugar: Kid Made Gift from Capri +3
Snowman and Santa Handmade Ornament Crafts for Kids from The Preschool Toolbox
Fill the Ball: Kid-Made Christmas Ornament from Mom Inspired Life