Nothing says Christmas like Gingerbread biscuits. This is one thing I love the most around Christmas and I’m always excited to make my own because they are super easy and you can decorate them however you want.
Last year I used this recipe to make a gingerbread house from scratch with my boyfriend and it turned out amazing and supper tasty. So I decided to use the same recipe this year but make small biscuits out of it instead.
The link below shows you the recipe I used and of cause like I just mentioned it is a recipe for a gingerbread house and it also gives you the templates you need. But if you are like me and just want a big batch of tasty biscuits you can roll out the dough and use your fave cookie cutters instead.
If you to just make the cookies, follow the recipe card I have made below.
So as I have said this recipe is super simple. You start off with melting together the sugar, butter and syrup into a pan on medium heat and while this is happening you can mix together your dry ingredients into a large bowl, and I do mean a large bowl, this is a big mixture and like me if you didn’t use a big bowl flour can go everywhere.
Next you want to pour the melted mixture over the flour and mix together, I started using a wooden spoon for this but it wasn’t working out so it is best if you switch to a spatula. The mixture should form a dough very easily, but if you find it’s not combining very well just add a splash of cold water.
Once you have a ball of dough place it on a generously floured surface, this helps to stop the dough from sticking.
So, now you have your dough it best to get everything ready as your hands can become a little messy from the flours. You need to make sure you have lined you baking trays with baking paper and have your rolling pin and cookie cutters ready. I have a smaller oven then normal so I had t bake my cookies in batches, however, even with a normal size oven you need to bake in batches as this recipe can make around 50 cookies or more. (that’s a lot).
As you can see above I have a mixture of Christmas cookies cutters. I wanted to make lots of different style gingerbread cookies as it is always fun to have a variety, but you don’t have to do this you can use whatever cookie cutters you have and just stay with one design. Last year I made loads of stocking cookies and decorated them all differently, took a while to do but they looked really good.
Once you are ready to bake them place your trays in the oven. Now it is best to keep a close eye on them as they bake as they can easily catch on the edges and you don’t partically want that. The original recipe said to bake about 12 mins, but I only baked mine for about 8 mins, this is because the cookies are smaller than the gingerbread house and don’t need as long in the oven.
Once bakes and cooled it is now time to decorate. This is something I make up as I go along, so I can’t give you measurements on how much icing sugar to use or water. I just go for it and see what happens. Start out with a bowl of icing sugar and gradually add water until you have a soft pip-able consistency. I then wanted to have different colours to add a fun element to my biscuits but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
If you do want colour all you have to do is separate the white icing into different bowls and add food colouring of your choice. Then transfer them into piping bag or ziplock bag whatever one you have and get to decorating. I can’t tell you how to decorate as it is always fun to just go for it and do whatever suits you.
Now you have your beautiful gingerbread biscuits decorate it’s time to share them with family and friends around Christmas time and enjoy.
If you have loved this post and want to see more Christmas bakes contact me below or on my twitter @amybakes94 with your recipes and ideas and I’ll give them a go.