Welcome to Wholesome Patisserie’s Christmas 2018! Over the next 5 magical weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ll be sharing with you my favourite festive inspired recipes. It’s just turned November but if you’re anything like myself, you’re already starting preparations for Christmas. Or this is your favourite time of year and you cannot wait to see all the festive activities begin!
To kick off the season we have classic Gingerbread Cookies! Decorated with white royal icing. Now if you think gingerbread cookies are just a little too involved or difficult to make, I’m here to prove you wrong. This gingerbread cookie dough is unbelievably easy, the only downside is waiting whilst the dough is refrigerating. That’s ok! It could be worse.
I for one have never gravitated towards gingerbread cookies in my time, I was never a fan of the store-bought gingerbread cookies, their flavour is quite overpowering in my personal opinion. This gingerbread cookie recipe however is, nothing like the ones in the store. Their flavour profile is different, not at all overpowering. They have a subtle ginger flavour, with the richness of the molasses taking the main title and that my friends, is not a bad thing either. You will just have to try them yourself to see what I’m taking about.
To the fun part, decorating your cookies with homemade royal icing! If you have also strayed away from making royal icing, don’t. Seriously, it’s SO SIMPLE!! Who would have thought hey? There’s only 3-ingredients standing in-between you and heavenly royal icing (ingredients which you’re most likely to already have in your house!).
So are you ready to kick-start this holiday season with Christmas Gingerbread Cookies? Yes?! ME TOO! Let’s get baking friends!Print
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour gluten free flour* or regular all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, cubed and softened at room temperature
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 small egg (room temperature)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups icing/confectioners sugar
- 1 large egg white
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Choice of Christmas cookie cutters
- Piping bag and small round piping nozzle
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder, mix well and set aside.
- Use the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached or use a large mixing bowl with a hand beater.
- To the mixer bowl, add softened cubed butter, beat on low speed for a few seconds to break down the butter, making it creamy.
- Add sugar and beat on medium speed until well combined and creamy, approx. 30sec-1 minute.
- Add egg and beat until light and fluffy.
- Pour in molasses, maple syrup and white vinegar. Beat on medium-high speed until well combined, approx. 30 seconds, scraping down the sides when needed.
- Add half the dry flour mixture, beat until just combined. Add remaining flour and continue beating on low speed until a soft dough begins to form, not a complete dough ball.
- Turn off mixer and use your hands to incorporate into a dough disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours. NOTE: Dough can also be refrigerated overnight.
- Preheat oven to 190ºC (374ºF). Line a large baking tray with parchment paper, set aside.
- Remove dough from refrigerator. If it’s too hard to roll out, sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. If dough is too soft, return to refrigerator for 30 minute intervals until firm.
- Prepare a lightly floured surface/board. Lightly flour your rolling pin.
- Roll out dough to approx. 3mm-4mm in thickness.
- Take choice of Christmas cookie cutter and cut out shapes. Place on lined tray. Re-roll excess dough until all used up.
- Place tray with cookies back into the refrigerator and cool for 15 minutes **see recipe notes for further instruction.
- Remove from fridge and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges of the cookies.
- Remove and cool on tray for 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Whilst cookies are cooling, make icing.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add icing sugar, egg white and lemon juice.
- Using a hand beater or whisk, beat together until well combined and smooth.
- Prepare a piping bag fitted with a small round piping nozzle, a size 1 or 2 nozzle will work.
- Fill bag with icing.
- Pipe icing onto cooled cookies and decorate how you desire. You can outline the cookies or outline and flood the middle with icing. NOTE: If you choose to outline and fill, pipe the outline of the cookie first, let it dry and then fill it in with the icing. This will ensure the icing stays in the lines and doesn’t pour over.
- Set cookies aside to allow icing to dry.
- Serve and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container, in the pantry or refrigerated, for 1-2 weeks. *I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour. **If you’re making these cookies on a warm humid day, the dough will soften faster when rolling/cutting out cookies. If so, handle dough with care and once shapes are on the tray, refrigerate cookies for longer than the 15 minutes as indicated in the recipe method. Cool them for 15 minutes – 30 minutes or until firm to the touch.