Yay its December ! I know Christmas is still a couple of weeks away but my new “festive cookie cutters” were too cute to resist. Atulit has a school picnic tomorrow and when he asked for gingerbread ‘man’ cookies, i was more than excited. What better way to spend a cold lazy afternoon than cookie baking.
If you want your house to smell of ginger and honey, cinnamon and nutmeg , and that buttery warm aroma of a bakery, go ahead and bake these. My son gobbled up quite a few as soon as they were ready. ” Cute , sweet and spicy gingerbread men” are pretty much irresistible.
Cute little gingerbread men cookies for the Holiday season.
Mix all the spices , salt and baking powder together and set aside.
Cream the butter, brown sugar, honey and lemon zest together until the mixture turns soft and fluffy.
Add the spice mix and combine well.
Add the wholewheat flour and knead into a soft dough.Refrigerate for half an hour.
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees fro 10 mins.
Shape the cookies and arrange them on a greased and lined cookie tray.[ I used sesame seeds to make the eyes of the gingerbread man. This is optional]
Bake in the preheated oven at 150 degrees for 10 mins or until the edges just start to brown.
After 5 mins, using a flat spatula carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an air tight jar.
1. The butter used for creaming must be soft [ but not melted]. Use the back of your palm to press down the butter sugar and mix in a circular motion, until it turns light and fluffy. This takes about 10-15mins.
2.I used sesame seeds to make the eyes. But you can choose to decorate your cookies in anyway you like.