Christmas Gingerbread Men

~50 small cookies

 

Prep time: 20-30min plus 2hr chill time

Cook time: 10min

 

Ingredients:

  • 175 gram butter

  • 60g soft brown sugar

  • 25g caster sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean (or some vanilla extract)

  • 1 egg

  • 140 gram molasses

  • 400g plain flour

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • Table spoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ table spoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

 

Instructions

Make the dough

  1. Make sure the butter is quite soft (you could put sliced butter for about 30sec on defrost setting in the microwave) and add to bowl. Mix the butter with electric mixer (if you have one, you could use a paddle attachment). Add the sugar and vanilla and mix well together.

  2. Add in the egg, mix, then add in molasses and mix until well combined.

  3. Set your mixer to slow setting, add spices then slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.

  4. Divide dough in 3 equal portions, make a ball and flatten. Wrap in cling-film and chill in a fridge for at least 2 hours. Overnight is fine too if that works better for you.

 

Bake the cookies

  1. Once you are ready to bake the cookies, pre-heat oven to 180°C (fan).

  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  3. Unwrap dough and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. It should be about 3mm thick (just a bit more than a pound coin).

  4. Use cookie cutters to shape cookies and transfer to the baking tray

  5. Bake for 10min, until the cookies are crisp around the edges. Let cookies cool down for few minutes and then transfer to wire rack to fully cool down

 

Decorate cookies

  1. Decorating the cookies is the part kids always enjoys the most! You can decorate the cookies with readymade coloured writing icing, sprinkles or homemade icing. To make icing, mix 10 spoons of icing sugar with 1 spoon of milk and a little bit of vanilla. You can also use milk alternatives or water. Apply the icing sugar with a spoon, or a sandwich bag with the corned cut off, or a syringe (for example the ones you get with medication).

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