Monday, December 16, 2013

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

The silly season is upon us and our untraditional white tree is up. Christmas is my favourite time of year and this one is very special as its my Baby girls first Christmas, she is only 6 months old so she's going to have no idea what's going on but I want to share with her my love for Christmas and create memories and family traditions with her. I also love to bake Christmas cookies with my nieces and decorate them in all sorts of yummy candies. This Chocolate Gingerbread recipe is very yummy and very good for making mini Gingerbread house with.

Chocolate Gingerbread

150g butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 egg yolk (save the egg white for icing)
2 1/4 cups plain flour
2 tbls baking cocoa
1 tbls ground ginger
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking soda

Royal Icing

1 egg white
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Beat in syrup and egg yolk. Sift flour, cocoa, spices and soda together. Add to creamed mixture and mix well using a wooden spoon. wrap dough in glad wrap and chill for 15 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 180.C Line two baking trays with baking paper. roll out dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until even and 5mm thick and using a Chritsmas tree or Gingerbread man cutter. cut out shapes. arramge on a tray. Bake for 6-8 mintues, then cool on a wire rack. Cool completely.
Royal Icing: In a medium bowl,whisk egg white until frothy. Add icing sugar, one spoonful at a time, beating well after each addition, until it reaches piping consistency. Beat in lemon juice.
Transfer icing to a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Pipe decorations onto each cookie and decorate as you like or you could just leave icing in a bowl and use a knife or Popsicle stick if decorating with children to put icing on cookies. 

Tip: to make traditional gingerbread, replace cocoa powder with 1/4 cup extra plain flour.

Have fun, get creative and have a safe and Merry Christmas xx

Heres the mini Gingerbread houses my nieces and I made.
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