Gingerbread cookies may be a newer Christmas treat in our country, but the tradition of gingerbread, spice bread or lebkuchen Yes it is a must in my family. It takes many forms with variations of each country, although it is clear that the gingerbread man cookies or gingerbread man They have already crossed all borders.
They are a basic sweet in my house at this time, I love to bake a good shipment to decorate the tree and make many gifts, also using other cutters with Christmas shapes. But the image of the classic little man, without many frills, is already full of charm and some magic. It is an easy recipe, perfect to make with children, which fills the kitchen with a delicious aroma when leaving the oven.Live to the Palate How to make boxes with cookie dough. Christmas Recipe
IngredientsFor 20 units
- Butter without salt chopped 140 g
- Brown sugar 50 g
- Molasses or cane honey 75 g
- Egg 1
- Ground ginger 2 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg 1 good pinch
- Baking soda (or chemical yeast) 1 teaspoon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 300 g pastry flour
- Icing sugar for the icing (approximately) 200 g
- Small egg white 1
How to make gingerbread man cookiesDifficulty: Medium
- Total time 40 m
- Processing 30 m
- 10 m cooking
- 2 hour rest
It is best to prepare the dough the day before or in the morning and thus not overwhelm us with rest. To do this, chop the butter and arrange it in a saucepan with the brown sugar and molasses. Heat over low heat until melted. Stir gently, add all the spices and let cool about 10 minutes.
Sift the flour apart with the baking soda and salt. Form a small egg and add the wet ingredients and the egg. Beat a little with manual rods and start mixing everything until you have a homogeneous mass. It will be wet and sticky.
Place a plastic film base on the work surface and dump the dough. Spread a little to flatten it and wrap it completely with plastic. Let cool In the fridge for at least two hours.
If we have left it all night it may be very hard, so we can let it temper out while we preheat the oven to 180ºC. Also prepare a couple of trays or fountains with sulfurized paper, and take out the roller.
Spread the dough - better if we work with the first half - using a roller. On sulfurized paper or a little flouring the table should not stick. Leave a thickness of about 4-6 mm. The thinner, the more crispy. Cut the cookies with the cutter and place them on the trays, leaving space between them.
If we want to use them as an ornament, they will need a hole to insert a cord or ribbon. In that case, we can use a straw, right at the top of the head, without getting too close to the edge. It is better to make them thinner so that they do not weigh much.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes, just until they start toasting by the edge, or just before; They harden on cooling. Wait a little out of the oven before moving them to a rack to cool completely.
To decorate them,sift the icing sugar. Beat the egg white - small, we do not need much - lightly, add 1/3 of the sugar and continue beating with a blender. Add more sugar little by little until it has a thick, homogeneous texture, like toothpaste.
Use the icing to decorate the cookies to taste, with a pastry bag or a pastry decorating pencil, preferably with a small nozzle. It depends a lot on the size of the cookies or mold we used.
With what to accompany the gingerbread cookies
These friendly gingerbread men They can plead the house decorating any corner, or hanging from the tree. In an airtight container hold very well for many days. Delicious with a simple glass of milk, with nothing else, or a good coffee only that contrasts with the sweet aroma of cookies.