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Christmas teatime with gingerbread cookies

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 We are spending more and more weekends curled up and home, and feel like a truly indulgent teatime. With this in mind, we are offering you a simple, delicious recipe for gingerbread cookies!

Cut them into fun shapes like gingerbread men, and children (and adults) will be delighted!

 

For about 20 gingerbread cookies, you will need:

  • 500g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 140g liquid honey
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoon gingerbread spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cookie cutters shaped like gingerbread men, teddies, trees, stars, etc.

 

1/ Pour the honey into a large saucepan with the brown sugar, butter, lemon zest, and spices. Put on a low heat and stir constantly until the sugar has melted.

2/ Turn up the heat and bring to a boil before removing from the heat. Add the baking soda. The mixture will froth as it reacts. Stir it all in together then leave to cool for 15 minutes.

3/ Gradually add the flour and salt, then fold into the mixture using a wooden spoon. Then add the egg and stir well. Avoid stirring the mixture for too long, otherwise the cookies will lose their shape when cooking.

4/ Transfer the mixture onto a work surface and knead into a smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour.

5/ Roll out the dough until it is between 1 cm and 2 cm thick.

6/ Cut the cookies into the shapes you want.

7/ Cook at 350 °F for between 10 and 15 min depending on the thickness.

 

As for the decoration, there are several options to choose from. Do you prefer dark chocolate or the shiny white of frosting? We personally prefer the latter!

 

Ingredients

  • 250g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of water

1/ Sift the sugar into the bowl of a mixer, then add the egg white and lemon juice.

2/ Mix for between 2 and 3 minutes on a low speed setting until the mixture is smooth and firm enough to create points when you remove the whisk.

3/ If the frosting seems too compact, add a little more water. If it is too watery and shiny, add a little more sugar.

4/ Place the frosting into a piping bag. When your cookies are cooled you can get creative with the decoration!

A black tea is the perfect pairing for your gingerbread cookies! We personally recommend our Anastasia blend with its notes of bergamot and orange blossom, perfect for a teatime in a magical Christmas atmosphere…