The chilly winds of winter are upon us, and what better way to embrace the holiday season than with a batch of heart-warming gingerbread cookies? This recipe, infused with the comforting spices of the season, promises to fill your home with festive cheer and create a delightful moment with every bite.
- 350g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 115g unsalted butter, softened
- 100g brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 120ml molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 250g icing sugar
- 15-30ml milk
- Food coloring (festive red, green, and white)
Step 1: Embrace The Cosiness
Preheat your oven to 180°C. As the British weather turns brisk, prepare to fill your kitchen with the warmth of holiday spices and the joy of baking.
Step 2: Blend The Essence
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Let the comforting aroma of these quintessentially British spices envelop you.
Step 3: Craft The Buttery Symphony
In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until it achieves a luscious texture. Introduce the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract, blending until a harmonious mixture emerges.
Step 4: Marry The Flavours
Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, creating a velvety ginger-infused dough. Wrap this delectable mixture in cling film and allow it to rest in the fridge for at least an hour, allowing the flavours to meld.
Step 5: Floury Elegance
Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface, aiming for a thickness of approximately 1/4 inch. Let you rolling pin glide with grace, providing the perfect canvas for your festive creations.
Step 6: Shape The Holiday Spirit
With your favorite festive cookie cutters, such as a charming reindeer, or a classic Christmas tree. Place these creations on a parchment-lined baking sheet, ready to transform in the oven.
Step 7: Bake To Perfection
Slide your artistic endeavours into the preheated oven and let the enchantment unfold. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges acquire a golden hue. Allow the enticing scents to transport you into cookie wonderland.
Step 8: Artistry With Icing
As your cookies cool, mix together icing sugar and milk to create a smooth icing. Divide it into bowls and add festive food coloring. Unleash your creativity as you adorn each cookie.
Step 9: Savour The Festive Moments
Gather your loved ones, a pot of tea, and relish the joyous moment of tasting your homemade gingerbread cookies. Each bite carries the warmth of the season, creating memories that will resonate with everyone.
So, dear bakers, let the magic of the season infuse your homes as you create and indulge in these festive gingerbread cookies. May your holidays be filled with the comforting embrace of tradition, laughter, and delicious homemade treats. Cheers to a truly yummy celebration!