(BLOGMAS DAY 7)
There is so much to love about the holiday season, so many traditions and so much to celebrate, but one thing that never gets old is a bit of Christmas baking! Cookies, festive cupcakes, crispie treats, gingerbread (hint, hint); this season is full of so much good food! I’m constatly buying more ingredients and trialing new recipes over the Christmas break, but one bake I always come back to is some good old fashioned gingerbread cookies!
I’ve always just used a generic BBC Goodfood recipe for my gingerbread… but guys when I tell you I searched for HOURS to find it online I am NOT exaggerating (well maybe a little bit…) but it seems to be gone. We’ve had it printed out for years now, so really I’m not surprised. But anyway, any gingerbread recipe you’re familiar with should work, but if you’re struggling to find one I also like this one from one of my favourite baking blogs!
To start with I just made my cookie dough and then popped it in the fridge for half an hour or so. Then I rolled it out to about 1/2cm thick on my floured kitchen surface.
Next comes the fun part… cutting the shapes!!
My favourite shapes for Christmas cookies are honestly just regular old hearts and stars, I love to make bunting or tree decorations out of them. For this batch though I added a few more funky shapes… some hippos (don’t even ask me where I aquired a hippo cookie cutter because I could not tell you), reindeer, bells, holly and Christmas trees too! I also like to make gingerbread men and stick a few m&m’s or smarties down the middle for buttons, but I didn’t do any of those this time.
Once they’re all cut and on the trays, into the oven they go!
While they were baking (I did about 8 minutes at 180 degrees celcius, fan over), I made the frosting. I like to use royal icing for my gingerbread frosting becasue it’s like simple powdered sugar glaze but it hardens more when it dries. This is the recipe I followed (loosely) but I’m sure just about any will work… it’s not a super complicated frosting.
Once the cookies were out the oven, I let them cook on the sheet for a couple minutes and then loosened them with a metal spatual. This is just so that they don’t stick to the sheet as they cool, but after you’ve loosened them you should be okay to leave them on the sheet.
Once you’ve let them cool long enough that the icing won’t melt when you put it on, it’s time to DECORATE!!
I didn’t decorate all of my cookies, I even stuck some of them straight in the freezer (you’ll notice the hippos are gone) for later this holiday season. But for the ones I did decorate, I did a combination of full glaze, drizzle, sprinkles, glitter and outline. If you want to be super creative you can totally add some colours to your frosting to jazz it up a lil’, but I decided to go white with a few sprinkles this time.
After I was finished decorating them I left them for a while so the icing could harden, and then I was done! And not to big up my baking abilities or anything but they tasted pretty darn good if you ask me!!
Even the pup liked them! Yes, I fed him one, mom if you’re reading this, no I didn’t!
Friends, that’s all for this bake with me but I hope you had as much fun as I did!! Tell me in the comments, what are your favourite festive bakes? Is there anything you bake every Christmas season, year in, year out? Have you ever made gingerbread before?
Happy cookie making!
P.S. I had some technical complications getting this post up so I had to take it down and put it back up, so if you’ve seen it twice that’s why!!