I make these every year, I love that they fill the whole room with this gingerbread / cinnamon cookie smell. They also look extremely beautiful on the tree! The recipe is very simple, it's from Nigella Lawson's Christmas Cookbook. I make it in my KitchenAid mixer but you could just as well use a food mixer. You will need:
300 g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon mixed spice a little bit of ground black pepper 100 g soft butter 100 g golden caster sugar 2 large eggs beaten with 4 tablespoons of runny honey
instant royal icing
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees C. To make the dough mix the flour and spices together in your food mixer and then add the soft butter. Then tip in the sugar and slowly add the egg and honey mix. The dough will come together after a while. When it's combined wrap it in some cling film and let it chill in the fridge for a while. After about 15 min take out the dough, roll out and cut out with your favourite cookie cutters.When you've cut out your shapes make a little hole with a round icing nozzle if you want to hang the cookies on the tree.
Then bake for about 15 - 20 min (keep checking, it all depends on your oven!!) When they come out of the oven place the cookies on a cooling rack, they will cool down very quickly. Once cool you can start icing them (for the royal icing follow instructions on the packet). I use just a little bit of white icing and edible glitter to decorate my snowflakes but you can ice these with whatever icing you like.
They are really fun to do with kids and really easy and stress free to make! And they taste delicious!!!
A & B xx
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