Cooking, Lifestyle

Spicy gingerbread cookies

The closer to Christmas the more baking is happening in our home. Everyone has their own favourites but we all agree that spicy gingerbread cookies are a must have! Not just because of the delicious taste but also because of the ability to  fill the entire house with the most amazing, comforting aroma.  We make all range of gingerbread goods from soft cake to crunchy, spicy cookies. The last one is great choice for advent calendar  and as Christmas tree ornaments.   Often we would make the dough in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight but it may be prepared even a week in advance since it needs to be well chilled before rolling and cutting.

You will need:

3 cups whole wheat cake flour

1 cup unrefined cane sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp gingerbread spice mix

1/2 cup unsalted butter ( room temperature )

1 large egg ( room temperature )

1/4 cup molasses

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp water

parchment paper

cookie cutters

This is how you do it:

In a large bowl beat together  butter and sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add egg, molasses, honey and water and beat till well combined.  In another bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and spice mix. Add the flour mix to the butter mixture and mix well together. The dough should be playable. Form a long log or rectangular shape, wrap in parchment paper and place in a plastic bag to prevent from drying. Leave in the fridge for a minimum of 5 hours. Overnight is perfect. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375F /190C, cut the dough in 3-4 equal pieces and roll each one with the rolling pin till the dough is about 5 mm ( 1/4 inch) thick.  Cut different shapes cookies and place them on a non-greased  baking sheet about 2 cm / 1 inch apart. ( I like to cover the baking sheet with parchment paper ). Before baking you can decorate the cookies with sprinkles or candies. Bake for about 7-10 minutes. Let it cool completely before decorating with icing.

make sure to carefully measure all the ingredients

it is always better to have a big cooking/ baking team!

taste testing is a big part of the process!

it is OK to get dirty :)

ready for the fridge. If after chilling you will find the dough not easy to roll just let it sit in room temperature for a couple of minutes

you can really roll the dough as thin or as thick as you like. These cookies always turn out well

bake for 7-10 minutes on the middle rack. Enjoy warm or cold. They get crunchier as they cool down. Remember to cool the cookies completely before decorating with icing. Enjoy :)