“Run, Run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I am a gingerbread man!”
That is what comes to my mind when I think gingerbread cookies! A quote from the gingerbread man story we all read in childhood. Funny how some stories stay with us! Even funnier how these little cookies provoke lines of the same story to my children as well! My daughter had been reading this book at school, and she came to me saying: “we have to start baking ginger!” Not knowing she meant the cookies, I asked her, why ginger? She said: “because Santa is on his way, and ginger man is very fast, we can’t catch him!“
Bless their little hearts, these little ones are just so sweet!
Gingerbread cookies are bundles of sweet and snappy spice and aroma. So much so that when making them, your house will smell like a Christmas Bouquet Garni! Your appetite will be on as soon as you start gathering your ingredients. And once baked, you can hardly wait till they cool down, and everyone will start munching. The next thing you know, they are gone! I guess that’s how they are so fast!
Making gingerbread cookies is a very good place to get the children to help in the kitchen. They love the whole mixing, and kneading, then they rave at rolling and cutting out the shapes. This is an activity that you can do together as a family, in the festive spirit. After all, the festive season is all about family, about gathering together and celebrating together. Making gingerbread cookies with the little ones is a very good place to start. When the kids help you make these cookies, you are also giving them a chance to be proud of themselves and feel important. As they will want to show the world what they have done, and will want to make sure that their favourite auntie knows its them who made the cookies. It is important to provide children with a chance to be proud, to feel a sense of achievement and this is one. As you are baking, you can recite quotes from the gingerbread man story, you can even read the story for them as the cookies are baking, and ask them if they think your gingerbread cookies are going to run away as soon as you open the oven door. Make it exciting and involve them in every step, and you have got yourself some very happy children!
Gingerbread cookies do not have to be cut only in the shape of men and women. You can go for any festive shape you like. You can even go for making edible tree ornaments out of these cookies just as demonstrated in the video above. Once baked, decorated and tied with a ribbon, your children will love nothing more than hanging them on the tree. This also gives you a chance to change your tree decoration and theme every year, as there is no limit to the designs and colour schemes that you can come up with. Edible ornaments are so fashionable at the moment, and they never fail to delight.
These ornaments, can be packed in a plastic bag, tied with a ribbon if you want to keep them in best shape for the kids to pick and have on Christmas day as they collect their gifts from under the tree. You can even place them in cute little see through bags and offer them as party favours for the kids joining your Christmas eve dinner. Or can put them in cookie exchange baskets, for the recipient to hang them on their tree.
To create tree ornaments, all you need to do is make sure there is an opening in the cookie dough to insert a ribbon in order to hang on the tree. If you are cutting a shape that does not have an opening, just create one using a piping tip or a straw.
The recipe on this link is perfect for cutouts and had been modified to handle decoration, should you want to decorate them. Not all cookies can be decorated as some will become too wet from the decoration that they lose the snap and can end up crumbling and breaking, especially if you go for full decoration not just icing lines. The use of treacle and spices make for a darker coloured gingerbread cookie, but a delicious one, nonetheless. This is my favourite gingerbread cookie recipe, and am hoping it will become yours as well. I have repeatedly used this recipe for making my gourmet Christmas cookies and themed Christmas cookie orders. They never failed and I always received rave reviews.
Give these a try this festive season and watch them disappear 🙂
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