I was chatting with one of my followers on Instagram and she mentioned a Gingerbread recipe that she uses and offered to share it with me.
This is a fun and easy activity that you can do with your children and for that very reason it became a post on my website.
I tweaked the recipe a little bit to better suit our family and then went out and purchased all the ingredients. I went to Winco Foods and purchased traditional Christmas Candy to decorate the Gingerbread Men with from their Bins. This was really nice because I was in control of the quantities of each kind of candy that I purchased.
I put all of the ingredients in a line on the counter at home in the order that they would be used and told my ten year old that she could mix up the Gingerbread by herself. I sat at the bar and read her the directions as she mixed the dough all by herself. She did such a great job and I was so proud of her, I love finding enjoyable things we can do with our children that help them learn a new skill.
The dough had to chill in the refrigerator overnight which was sort of a bummer for my daughter but it was a great way to teach her not to cut corners when baking.
The next day I rolled out the Gingerbread and cut out the Gingerbread shapes myself for the first time in my life. I messed up the first Gingerbread by trying to roll it out on the counter where it promptly became stuck. I put the ruined dough back in the container in the refrigerator and scooped out some fresh, still chilled dough. This time I used parchment paper to roll the dough onto. This is definitely the way to go as you can put the parchment paper directly on the cookie pan and bake in the oven.
Make sure it’s actually parchment paper that can go in the oven! We used Reynolds Kitchens Non-Stick Parchment Paper.
After I had finished molding and then cooking the Gingerbread cookies we let them cool for about an hour before decorating. Then, we had fun decorating our own cookies and even my husband joined in.
Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it.
- 1/3 cup honey or golden syrup
- Just under 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 8 1/2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
Mix all the above ingredients on a small saucepan and cook on low heat for a few minutes until all are evenly mixed and heated together. Let chill and then whisk in one egg.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 3/4 cups of flour (NOT self-rising)
- 1/4 cup of corn starch (helps dough hold together)
Slowly mix flour mixture into wet mixture until it is all mixed together and then chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Bake on 400 degrees for 5-12 minutes depending on how hard you want your cookies and how large or small you created them.
Cookies must be completely cool before you start decorating them or your frosting and candy will melt.