I've made a fair few cakes with The Boy now, and we've turned our hand to pizza, but we haven't tried cookies yet, and we haven't tried gingerbread. When I saw a recipe for polish spiced Christmas cookies (basically gingerbread) on The Crazy Kitchen, I decided to give it a whirl: everyone is always making it, it can't be hard surely?
Wrong! Well, that is if you're not using an electric mixer which it turns out, everyone else did. I only have a handheld mixer, which I am wary of using with The Boy, and so we mix everything we make with a good old-fashioned wooden spoon! Gingerbread ingredients are quite tough to mix together.
Anyway, here we go!
110g unsalted butter
110g soft, dark brown sugar
6 heaped tablespoons runny honey
450g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
2 tablespoons mixed spice
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
100g icing sugar
- Melt the butter, sugar and honey in a small pan until the butter has just melted
- Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, stir together
- Add the egg and mix well
- Add the melted butter/sugar to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms
- If the mixture is too dry add water 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes together
- Roll out on a floured surface to an inch thick
- Use cutters to cut out the shapes and place on greased baking trays
- Bake in 200 degree (C) oven for 7-8 minutes
- Cool on a wire rack
Then we decorated our snowflake and jigsaw piece cookies with drizzly white chocolate and sweeties!
We used these fab cookie cutters from Cox & Cox, excellent quality and durable.
I was sent the cookie cutters to review. I pinched Helen's recipe. Both are great and my opinion is honest and unbiased.