The Holiday season is in full swing. and if you are anything like me you might not be quite ready yet. Let’s not panic, there’s still plenty of time! (…right?)
I am planning to squeeze all my preparations into the upcoming weekend – cleaning, decorating, cooking, sending cards and gifts hunting. Very ambitious, I know. But before I get into a Christmas fever, I have a little something to show you already. Gingerbread cookies!
I can’t imagine Holiday season without the smell and taste of ginger in the air, however I have never baked them myself, so it’s a big deal around here. I tend to use my oven more for DIY projects than cookies, so I’m particulary happy that they turned out so good! Of course, I wouldn’t be myself if I just made them – there had to be a little bit of styling and shooting involved.
I have found a recipe on Delicious Days – it’s very easy to follow and I couldn’t be happier with the result!
Ingredients (4 trays):
150g honey or maple syrup
100g brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1. In a small pan heat honey, butter and sugar, stirring every now and then. Let it boil moderately until all sugar crystals have dissolved. Let cool off for at least half an hour.
2. In a large bowl sieve the flour together with baking soda, spices and salt. Form a hole in the middle and add the egg as well as the honey mixture and knead together and shape it into a ball. Tightly cover it with cling film and let rest in the fridge until firm (min. 2 hours)
3. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F). Cut off smaller portions of the dough and roll it out (the thinner the better) on a slightly floured wooden/metal board then stamp out your desired cookie shapes. Hearts are not the most popular Christmas shapes, but they are surely made with love *wink* Bake on a baking paper lined tray for 8 to 10 minutes or until they just start to get some color on the very edges. Be careful, the thinner they are, the faster they burn! Keep in an air-tight container for as long as you can resist, they get better day by day.
What are you doing this weekend guys? Any Christmas preparations going on? Who knows, perhaps I will be making Gingerbread houses.
Photos and styling: Agata Dimmich