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In the last few years, all Christmas cookies I was making were with honey and molasses. They are delicious and rich in flavor, and I would recommend to everyone to try making them. I tried many recipes until I found one I really liked. You can see that recipe HERE!

This year I made one recipe from an old Christmas book I have in my library. I made some modifications, and they turned out better than I expected. I’m sharing with you my favorite Christmas cookies for this year:

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, decorated with royal icing
Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, decorated with royal icing

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Ingredients:

Gingerbread Cookies:

100 g golden syrup
100 g brown sugar
50 g butter
300 g self raising flour
2 tsp mixed spices (powdered ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, black pepper, cardamom, etc.)
2 egg yolks

Royal Icing:

2 egg whites
1 tsp lemon juice
Food colorings

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/350 F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper
  2. In a pan heat syrup with brown sugar and butter. Heat gently until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved
  3. In another bowl mix self raising flour and spices and add them gradually in the syrup mixture. Add the egg yolks and stir the mixture with a spoon. Start kneading until you get a nice smooth dough
  4. Roll the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin, around 4 mm thin. With a cookie cutter cut any shapes you like. Line the cookies on the baking trays and bake them around 10 minutes, depending on their size. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely
  5. To prepare the royal icing, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until frothy. Add the powdered sugar and mix until you get thick mass. If there is a need add more sugar until you get the right consistency. If you’re using food colorings divide the mixture, add the food colorings and mix it until the icing is homogenous. Pour it in a piping bag and start decorating.
How to make Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!


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