Nothing tastes quite like Christmas as much as gingerbread with all its Christmassy spices and scents! Not only is the end result worth every bite, but it is a fun activity to keep adults and kids alike occupied in the holidays. I made a batch this week and they turned out really well and made the whole house smell festive, so I thought I would share the recipe (it’s a keeper!).
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 cup golden or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add syrup, egg and vanilla;mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Divide dough into two and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Roll out dough on lightly floured work surface. The thicker the dough the softer the gingerbread men, the thinner the crispier. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with a cookie cutter and place on a baking bray (they need some space to expand).
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
The fun part is decorating your gingerbread men once they are cool with royal icing. Whisk one egg white with half a teaspoon of lemon juice until frothy, then gradually add in 1 1⁄2 cups icing sugar and beat until smooth. Royal icing is perfect for piping and sets hard.