Sugar and spice and all things nice! The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to bake these fantastically festive gingerbread cookies. They make great edible gifts, tree decorations or just a sweet holiday treat with a cup to tea. It is also a great activity to get the kids involved to make their own gingerbread clan!
We love these gingerbread characters so much we thought why not make them the star of Christmas! So here are a few ideas to makes yours a Gingerbread Christmas as well!
- Thread through some ribbon through your cookies and use them as Christmas tree decorations
- Make your own Gingerbread Christmas stockings. Follow our easy guide of to whip them up in no time!
- Download and print our free Gingerbread Christmas cards.
125g butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 egg yolk
2 ½ cups plain flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg white
1 cup pure icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
- Beat butter and sugar in a bow.
with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in the honey and egg yolk.
- Stir in the sifted dry ingredients. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Enclose in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line two oven trays with baking paper.
- Roll dough between sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using your preferred cookie cutters, cut out cookies, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place shapes, about 2.5cm apart, on trays.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. Stand on trays for 10 minutes, before transferring to wire racks to cool.
- Meanwhile, to make royal icing, beat egg white in a bowl with an electric mixer while gradually adding sifted icing sugar until firm peaks form. Stir in the juice.
- Spoon icing into a small piping bag (or a small plastic bag with one corner snipped off) and decorate the gingerbread with piped royal icing.