In my mind there’s nothing that screams ‘Christmas’ more than gingerbread. For me, baking a batch of gingerbread is as much of a crucial part of the holiday as seeing your family and having a Christmas tree. I will always bake gingerbread of some kind each year, last Christmas I attempted and *kind of* succeeded in making a gingerbread house – although it did cause many mini Christmas breakdowns.
I decided to go for the slightly easier route this year and make some gingerbread biscuits. I found a recipe for a gingerbread men garland by Donna Hay and decided to adapt it for a batch of super cute biscuits in various festive shapes. Safe to say these cookies went down a treat and left my house smelling like baking heaven!
- 125G Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 1/2 Cup (90G) Brown Sugar
- 2/3 Cup (230G) Golden Syrup
- 2 1/2 Cups (375G) Plain Flour – Sifted
- 2 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger, or a little more if you’re like me and love ginger.
- 1 Teaspon of Bicarbonate of Soda (aka baking soda)
To make them…
- Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup, flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda and beat until the mixture just comes together to form a smooth dough. Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm thick and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Using various festive cookie cutters (I got mine in a set from Kmart), slowly cut out different shapes and lay them on large baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. You’ll need many trays for this and will need to re-roll the dough as necessary.
- Place the trays in the oven to bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden. Once ready, take out of the oven and place baking paper sheets on racks to cool.
- When completely cool get a bit creative with some decor icing and sprinkles! I’m not the best with an icing nozzle but I find that the kitschier, the better with these, so don’t be afraid to be a little messy with your decoration.
And that’s it! I found this recipe super easy to follow and it’s made from ingredients you’ve probably already got lying around your pantry, so win win! I can’t wait to share more Christmas posts with you in the coming weeks – let me know what you’d like to see!
Much Love, Ebony xo
**all photographs in this post were taken and edited by myself**