Gingerbread, a little bit Chrismassy

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Biscuits

Christmas is getting ever so close. We are taking full advantage of the silly season and educating the kids on it early. It takes a while for a two year old to get the whole fun of Christmas. So on Friday when I spotted biscuit cutters at Target I decided to add it to my Christmas kid craft stash in my head. This recipe is delicious. Next time we will also take the time to decorate the biscuits, and monitor the oven more closely, as some were a little more crunchy than they should have been. Actually we may just make the house. If you have a favourite Christmas delight send it my way 🙂

Gingerbread Men

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Cooking Time 10 minutes

Recipe By: Good Taste – December 2003, Page 40
Serving Size: makes 20
Main Ingredient:
Categories: Kid Friendly, Biscuits

-= Ingredients =-
1 tbsp Butter ; melted to grease
125 g butter ; at room temperature
100 g Brown sugar ; (1/2 cup, firmly packed)
125 ml Golden syrup ; (1/2 cup) golden
1 egg, ; separated
375 g plain flour ; (2 1/2 cups)
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp Plain flour ; to dust
150 g Icing sugar ; (1 cup) sifted
1 ea Food colouring – red ; 8-10 drops
1 ea Food colouring – green ; 8-10 drops
1 package Smarties, ; to decorate

-= Instructions =-
Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
Meanwhile, place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Divide icing among 3 bowls. Cover 1 bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Add red colouring to 1 bowl and stir until combined. Add green colouring to remaining bowl and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Place prepared icings in small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe icing over gingerbread men to decorate. Finish with Smarties.

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Comments
  1. Prue says:

    yummy! great idea getting in early.

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