Cosy up by the fire this Christmas with these homemade Gingerbread cookies and a hot cup of cocoa, a treat that Santa Claus and the family are sure to enjoy.
Prep time - 1 hour
Cooking time - 15 minutes
Total time - 1 hour and 20 minutes
Difficulty level - Easy
125g butter, softened
100g Siúcra Brown Sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 pinch of salt
For the icing
1 egg white
150g Siúcra Icing Sugar, sifted
In a bowl, cream the butter and Siúcra brown sugar together. Add the golden syrup and egg and beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together the remaining ingredients and stir.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to combine thoroughly. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 170?C/150?C fan/gas mark 3. Remove the dough from the fridge and knead on a well-floured work surface until just soft.
Roll out to ½cm thick and cut into desired shapes using a biscuit cutter. Place on three large parchment paper lined baking trays. (Bake two trays at a time in the oven )
Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave the biscuits to cool on the baking tray for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the Siúcra icing, beat the egg white until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until stiff.
Transfer the icing into a piping bag (or a plastic bag with a small corner snipped off ) and decorate your cooled biscuits to your liking.