Gingerbread has been a part of the Christmas and Winter Feasts since medieval times especially in Western Europe and remains popular today. These Christmas gingerbread biscuits have a delicious ginger and cinnamon flavour and a great snap. Cut with Christmas shaped cutters these cookies look fabulous hanging on the Christmas tree.
Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits
These gingerbread biscuits have just the right amount of warming ginger, complemented with another favourite festive spice, cinnamon. The dough is simple enough to make. First the butter is rubbed into the flour and spices then it is mixed to a dough with treacle, syrup and an egg. I used half and half treacle and golden syrup as I did not want the treacle flavour to dominate.
Rolling Out the Christmas Gingerbread
The dough is a little soft, so I roll it out between two sheets of baking parchment as this makes it easier to roll. It wants to be the about the thickness of a £1 coin, (about 3mm or an ⅛th inch). When you cut out cookies and transfer them to a baking sheet they can become a little distorted but I learnt a rather clever trick to avoid this.
Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment about the size of your baking sheet. Once you have the correct thickness, stamp out the biscuits leaving them in place. Carefully remove the biscuit dough from between the biscuits. Now slide the parchment with the cut out biscuits still in place onto your baking sheet. Leave a little room between each shape as you cut it out as the biscuits will spread slightly. Gather the biscuit trimmings and re-roll to make more biscuits.
I couldn't resist buying Christmas bauble shaped cookie cutters when I spotted them at a cake show. You can, of course, use any shapes you like. remember if you want to hang them on a Christmas tree to make a small hole with a skewer before baking. – You may need to remake the hole after baking if it has closed a bit. Do this as soon as they come out of the oven while the biscuits are warm to prevent them from breaking. The number of cookies you get will depend on the size of the cutters.
Decorating the Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits
I opted to use plain white icing and piped snowflake designs on the biscuits. With some quite simple line piping in glace or royal icing, you can make them look really pretty. However, you could really go to town and use different coloured icing if you wanted to. Last year I made some without the holes for hanging and piped the names of those having Christmas dinner with us. I popped them into cellophane bags tied with ribbon and they doubled as a small table gift and place marker.
The gingerbread biscuits will keep for up to a month if stored in an airtight container.
Step By Step Christmas Gingerbread cookies
Christmas Gingerbread Biscuit
- 350 g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 150 g butter cut into dice
- 175 g light muscovado sugar
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 large free range egg
- glacé or royal icing to decorate (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200℃ (180℃ fan)/400°F/gas mark 6.
- sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the muscovado sugar
- Beat the treacle, golden syrup and egg together and add to the bowl. Mix to form a smooth dough.
- Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking parchment and cut out biscuits using Christmas cookie cutters. Reroll trimmings and cut out more biscuits.
- Make a hole in the top of each biscuit, with a skewer, if you want to be able to hang the biscuits on the tree. Bake the biscuits in the centre fo the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired
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