Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas cookies

I have decided to decorate my tree this year with homemade cookies, here is how to do yours too.

Spiced Ginger Cookies

Yield: 40 biscuits    prep: 40min  Cooking time: 15min

  • 175g dark muscavado sugar
  • 85g golden syrup
  • 100g butter (unsalted)
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 350 plain flour (sifted) + for dusting
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 300g white chocolate
  • food colourings (colours of your choice)
  • silver balls
In a heavy based saucepan, heat the sugar, syrup and butter until butter has melted. Sieve the spices and flour together in a large bowl. With the bicarb, dissolve in a separate small bowl with a little water. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the butter and sugar mixture. Add the egg and the bicarb soon after and mix well to combine. You should form a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm and set aside to cool. Place in the fridge for 1 hr before taking it out for rolling.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead gently remembering to not over-work the dough. Cut out shapes (Christmas themed) and place on a lightly greased baking tray. The cookies will rise so be sure to separate the cookies evenly. 

Make a hole in the cookies with a skewer, big enough for hanging on your tree.Place in the oven for 12-15min, bake until golden brown.Remove from the oven and cool.

In the meantime, melt the white chocolate. Color the chocolate as you wish. You could also do as many colors as you like. Decorate the cookies with the melted chocolate and place the balls on top.

The edible decorations will last a week.

Have fun-its Christmas!

Love G.Chews

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