Gingerbread Cookies | Christmas Cookies
Yay its December! I know Christmas is still a couple of weeks away but my new “festive cookie cutters” were too cute and irresistible. 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. Bake these uber cute sweet and spicy gingerbread cookies this holiday season.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsps honey
1 tsp lemon zest
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
2 tsps Ginger powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg Grated
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Sesame seeds [optional]
- 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 whole wheat flour and bring into a soft dough. Refrigerate for half an hour.
- Preheat the oven at 180C for 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.
- 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.
- You can choose to decorate your cookies in anyway you like. I like them plain but a dusting of icing sugar for giving that white winter feel is a good idea.
Posted originally on DECEMBER 3, 2015