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Baking christmas cookies has been a yearly tradition in our household – Lintzer Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies,… you name it. But I only recently discovered a gingerbread (men) recipe that has quickly become one of my favourite. Perfectly spiced, molasses and brown sugar-sweetened holiday goodness is how one should describe them.

Ingredients:

 

  • 315 g plain white flour
  • 75 g dark brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 g molasses (marmite)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (you can use fresh one as well for extra flavour)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 115 g butter, room temperature
  • 1 eggIcing and decoration
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or lemon juice
  • chocolate if you are extra like me

 

Method

 

~ Makes about 30 cookies, depending on the size
~ Prep Time: 40-60 min (+decoration)

 

  • Cream butter with sugar. Add the egg and molasses and mix well.
  • In a large bowl whisk dry ingredients together: flour, salt, spices and baking powder.
  • Incorporate dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until the dough comes together. You can use a hand mixer or even better – your hands. Divide the dough in two discs and cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour up to 3 days.
  • DISCLAMER: Don’t try to speed up the process described above. If you do, you might end up with freckled-looking cookies like I did 😛
  • Preheat oven to 350F(180°C) and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough on the floured surface or between two layers of parchment paper until a few mm thick. If you want them crispy roll the dough very thin. If you want them softer roll it out thicker.
  • Cut the dough into desired shapes using the cookie cutters. Re-roll the remaining dough and cut more shapes.Then place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets and place them in the owen,
  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes (depending on the cookie size). Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing simply combine powdered sugar with milk or lemon juice. Spoon the icing into the piping bag and decorate the gingerbread cookies as desired.

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I think it’s fair to say I didn’t come up with this recipe on my own. All credits go to Home Cooking Adventure. It’s a Youtube channel I’ve been subscribed to for a few years now and offers some great food ideas.