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.

Plate of Gingerbread Snowflakes made with this easy Christmas Cookie Recipe perfect to cook with kids

 

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Watch How to Make these Christmas Snowflake Cookies then Scroll down to get your printable recipe card

Ingredients For Making Gingerbread Snowflake Christmas Cookies with Kids

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Snowflake Cookie Cutters with cutouts

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

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How to Make Your Very Own Christmas Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies

Scroll down to find the full printable recipe to cook these snowflake cookies this Christmas.

preschooler making gingerbread snowflakes on kitchen surface

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.

mixing up flour and butter to make snowflake cookies

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.

Adding black treacle to the gingerbread dough mix to make perfect snowflake cookies for Christmas

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.

preschooler cooking making gingerbread snowflakes for christmas edible gifts

Lightly flour the work surface so that you don’t have a problem with the gingerbread dough sticking.

rolling out gingerbread dough on a lightly floured work surface in the kitchen

child using a wooden rolling pin to roll out ginerbread dough for making christmas cookies

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.

cutting out snowflakes using a christmas metal cookie cutter from lakeland

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.

Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies cooling on a cookie wrack

Decorate the snowflake cookies once cooled. Find our simple recipe for Royal Icing to decorate these with below in the Printable Recipe Card.

preschooler decorating gingerbread cookies in the shape of snowflakes

This recipe is also perfect to make gingerbread men from just switchout your cookie cutter for a gingerbread man one instead.

Christmas Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies on a white plate

 

Simple recipe to make gingerbread snowflake cookies perfect to cook with kids and make edible gifts for friends and family this holiday season.

Christmas Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies

Simple Christmas cookie recipe to make gingerbread snowflakes with kids. Ideal for Christmas treats or to give as gifts to friends and family.
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Christmas
Keyword: Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Cookies, Cooking with Kids, Gingerbead
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20 Cookies
Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

  • 350 g Plain Flour (All Purpose)
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 115 g Butter softened
  • 175 g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Black Treacle (Molasses)
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • Milk (If needed)

Icing

Instructions

  • 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.

Icing

  • 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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Notes

Festive gift bags make a nice touch for delivering these to teachers, friends and neighbours.

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

4 Comments

  1. What a wonderful sensory experience for children to be involved in every step of the process. The cookies turned out beautifully with the snowflake shape and pretty icing. Neighbors would be so pleased to receive these lovely confections.

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