Hi Au Pairs!
Literally, with Christmas I come up.
And neither at this period nor in the blog may be missing the recipe for ginger cookies, or gingerbread cookies.
Remember so much American films that only for that, you will enjoy.
But first, a few tips.
Au Pair tips
If you want to make this recipe can be for 3 reasons:
– That you love cooking and want to try the gingerbread cookies.
– That the kids also love cooking and will be a recipe very cool to do all together.
– Or that they prefer eating more than cooking and you want to be a while without playing so make the recipe is the perfect excuse hahaha
Whatever the reason, the best thing about this recipe is that decorating is very cool and there sure do want to participate all.
In addition, they are so typical of Christmas in the English-speaking countries that you are going to immerse a little more in their culture.
So, let’s go for it!
INGREDIENTS for gingerbread cookies recipe
One of the good things about this recipe is that the ingredients are quite basic and easy to find.
This’s ideal so you don’t get crazy looking in the supermarkets or asking your host-family if they can buy it.
Also, as I said in other post, in Ireland they love to make desserts and proof of this are the sections that supermarkets have got for bakery.
These are the ingredients you need to make your delicious gingerbread cookies:
- 400 gr of flour
- 150 gr of butter, softened
- 150 gr of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 80 gr of honey or syrup
STEP BY STEP to bake gingerbread cookies recipe
As you’ve seen, the recipe’s ingredients are very easy to find.
The step by step is easy too.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is that it’s done in 2 parts, because the dough needs to rest for a while in the fridge.
I explain you the process.
- On the one hand, you have to mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and ground ginger in a bowl. We reserve it.
- In another bowl, you have to mix the butter (softened) with the brown sugar, beating until it is well mixed.
- Next, add the egg to the mixture and continue beating until there’s an homogeneous dough, without lumps.
- Add the honey or syrup to the dough and continue whisking.
- Once we have this mixture, we incorporate the dry ingredients of the other bowl, sieving them with a colander little by little.
Don’t move excessively this final dough or the cookies will be very hard.
- Once we have the final dough, wrap it in transparent plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
If you see that there’s a lot of dough, you can separate it into different parts.
- We remove the dough from the fridge and stretch it with the help of a rolling pin on the same oven tray, having placed under the oven paper (so they don’t stick).
- We began to put over the different molds that we have bought.
You can choose between the typical molds with the figures of the gingerbread man, the Christmas tree, etc. or improvise.
Don’t hesitate to let all your creativity and that of the children fly!
You can give them a toothpick and make different figures and even the initials of their names or the full name. They will love it.
- Preheat the oven to 180º and put our figures for 15-20 minutes.
- It is very important to let them cool before moving on to the decoration. Here you can also improvise!
You can cover them in a basic way with frosting lines or buy colored food paint. You can even add M&M’s or sprinkles.
Everything you want!
By the way, for the gingerbread houses follow the same steps.
You only have to make the shapes of the sides of the house, the 2 parts of the roof and the back and front with door and windows.
It is important that you have cooled well before assembling.
You can glue the parts together with the same glaze that you use to decorate but with a little more sugar to not take off.
Any Au Pair that has already get on with it?
As you can see, the recipe of gingerbread cookies is very easy and fun and you may leave figures with very cool decorations.