Dear Gingerbread men,
Shall I eat you or put you on the tree? I have a good idea. I use you as a decoration. But after Christmas I have to eat you, because you are so tasty and smell good;)
Many years ago, I can’t even remember when, I saw a recipe of these card shaped gingerbread cookies in a Hungarian magazine. I thought the recipe was pretty good so I wrote down the ingredients and method on a piece of paper. My bad, I had lost the paper, so I have been trying to rebuild the recipe again. I have been experimenting with new ingredients and shapes (this year I bought snowman moulds) to make the perfect and most delicious little gingerbread men.
Why I love to make gingerbread men?
I love the smell and the delicious taste of the these cookies. Also, it’s a perfect Christmas treat to my little one, who is 17 months old now and can’t wait to get his hands on these little fellows.
Moreover, I love to make them for decorating the Christmas tree. Their nice scent spreads throughout the whole living room. As soon I enter the house I can smell the special scent of the combination of ginger, honey and cinnamon.
Moreover, these little, tasty characters can make a perfect gift to my loved ones. It is a special, personal gift that everyone will love.
- 100g butter
- 250g honey
- 100g brown sugar
- Zest of 2 lemons and 2 oranges
- 500g flour (can be 250g of spelt and 250g of plain flour)
- 25g baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. mixed gingerbread spices (ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, star anise, nutmeg and cardamom)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon of olive oil to glaze (optional)
Heat the butter, honey and brown sugar up in a small an until sugar and butter melts. Sool it down to room temperature.
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and add the butter-honey-sugar mixture to it. Mix it well and prest it in the fridge for overnight. Don’t worry if the mixture is still dilute it will clot in the fridge.
The following day, preheat the oven to 180 °C. Sprinkle a handful of frour on a big board and roll out the mixture. Cut out christmas shapes and place them on a baking sheet.After all these, you just have to bake the ginger breads for about 5-10 mins, until the top gets golden brown. Don’t put the cookies close together as they might swell. And don’t worry if the cookies come out a bit hard. The more they rest the softer they will get. Believe me they will look and taste yummy!
If you would like to decorate the ginger breads with icing, just beat up 1 egg white with 200g icing sugar, a bit of salt and 2 drops of lemon juice until it gets really thick and stiff. Put the mixture in an icing bag an go crazy creative!!!:)