Monday, 14 December 2009

On The Sixth Day Of Christmas...

My true love gave to me...
A Gingerbread Cookie Recipe - Printable
You Will Need...
The white stuff is baking spray... I didn't want my golden syrup sticking to the bowl..
Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celsius and line one or two cookie trays with baking paper.
Place the flour, mixed spice, ginger and bi carb soda into a bowl.
Place the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over low heat.
Stir until melted.
Pour onto the dry ingredients.
Mix together until combined.
Then add the egg, and mix together to make a dough.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out until about 3-5mm thick.
The dough will be soft at first, but will harden as it cools. It's easier to work with when it is still a bit warm.
Cut out your shapes. And re-knead, re-roll and re-cut any left over bits of dough until you have used it all up.
Place the cutout pieces onto your prepared cookie trays, and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. (until firm and lightly browned)
When they are cooked, you can decorate them with some icing.
I don't know the exact quantities of icing sugar - water that I used.
Start with a cup of icing sugar, and add a couple of drops of water at a time. Mix until you get an even consitency. Then add your colours. You don't want the icing mixture to be too runny otherwise you can't pipe it properly and it leaks off the sides.
REMEMBER: liquid colours will make your icing runnier, so keep that in mind when adding the water.
Put the icing mixture into either a ziploc bag with the tip of one corner cut off, or a piping bag with a plain nozzle.
Decorate as you see fit. Have fun, they don't need to be perfect!!I put some of my cookies onto these cupcakes for a bbq that we had at our house.You could put them in mini tins as last minute christmas gifts. Or wrap them up in their own individual cellophane bags.
Merry Christmas!

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