Gingerbread biscuits (makes about 20 large biscuits)
125 g unsalted butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
- In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar and molasses with a wooden spoon.
- Add egg and mix vigorously.
- In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
- Refrigerate until dough is cold (about 10 minutes).
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (170 fan-forced) while your dough is in the fridge.
- Roll out dough to about 5mm thick and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
- Place on lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Cool completely and decorate with royal icing, chocolate buttons or whatever else you fancy.
Tips and notes:I use bread flour for cookies for chewiness. I don't sift flours for cookies, just the baking powder and baking soda.
I don't cream butter and sugar when making cookies because I find that they spread too much if I do. If you want to prevent spreading even more, omit baking powder and soda.
My current oven is quite hot and I almost burnt my biscuits so watch out so they don't become too hard if overbaked.
Royal icing:Whisk one egg white with 2 cups sifted pure icing sugar. Add more sugar if it's too thin and water by half teaspoonfuls if too thick.
Add a squeeze of lemon, vanilla extract, etc. for some flavour if you would like (would thin consistency).
Umar decided to cut his dough into numbers instead and so we took out the number cutters and I ended up with tens of cutters to wash. He had a couple of biscuits before they were decorated and a few little ones while decorating. And I found almost half of my chocolate buttons gone when I went to get my biscuits off the other bench.
The taste is not overly sweet so those with a sweet tooth might want to amp up the royal icing decoration to make up for the sugar, although hopefully not by much! I hope your family will enjoy these biscuits as much as we do!
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