Beautiful and charming Christmas gingerbread cookies that can be decorated with whatever you like! This is the first time I’m using royal icing and to be honest, it was a lot of a play, but the result is good and everyone liked them. I bought a small bags for food with Santa on them and wrapped a few of the cookies inside. And those were my present for my friends this year.
Last year I missed to make cookies for some reason I cannot even remember, but this time, I cooked soooo many desserts …. Starting with Italian Christmas Bread – Panettone, then those Gingerbread cookies, a few Christmas cakes, covered with fondant and of course, how could I miss His majesty – the Stollen. I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies and the rest of the recipes and to see you soon again!
220 gr. butter;
3/4 cup brown powdered sugar;
3/4 cup copper;
5 cups flour;
1 tsp soda;
1 tsp baking powder;
1 tsp cinnamon;
1/2 tsp cloves;
1/2 tsp nutmeg;
1 tsp salt;
3/4 cup cold water;
Beat the butter with sugar until white and soft cream. Add the honey and whip on low speed.
The dry ingredients are sieved and added to the butter mixture. Then add the water and knead the dough well. Wrap the dough in foil and place it in the refrigerator for several hours.
Preheat the oven to 175C/345F and meanwhile roll out the dough to a thickness of about 2 cm. Cut desired shapes and arrange them on a tray covered with baking paper. Bake in the oven, if possible without a fan for about 7-8 minutes. Let them cool on the tray for a minute or two and transfer onto a metal grill to cool completely.
I decorated with royal icing, but you can choose fondant, chocolate, or just leave them beautifully charming without decoration as they are!